From the “you can’t make this stuff up” file, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced late Thurwill draw the first 15 winners to receive $50,000 as part of the state’s $116.5 million Vax for the Win program – the largest vaccine incentive program in the nation.
Oddly, no one in California has asked why this financial incentive is needed if more than 40 million vaccines have been given.
Apparently the Director of the Center for Disease Control, Rachel Walensky, couldn’t answer that question either.
“CDC Head Walensky was clueless when asked about the scientific basis for Biden’s 70 percent vaccination,” Patriot Post reported. “During an appearance on CBS This Morning it sounded more like the Administration pulled the number out of thin air.”
The CDC's Walensky can't explain the scientific basis for Biden's 70 percent vaccination goal pic.twitter.com/L22FFWIiYV
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 3, 2021
Biden’s goal of 70 percent of Americans getting vaccinated is like the UN’s goal of limiting rising temps to 1.5 celsius — there’s no basis in science; just numbers pulled out of thin air.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 2, 2021
As the Globe reported last week:
Newsom unveiled a $116.5 million COVID-19 “Vax-a-Million” vaccination incentive plan on Thursday, aiming to boost the number of vaccinated Californians and potentially reward those who have already been vaccinated.
According to the plan, $100 million will go towards $50 gift cards for Kroger’s, Albertson’s, or as a generic Bank of America card. 2 million of the cards will be issued to the next 2 million Californians ages 12 and up who vaccinate based on a first come, first serve basis following the final dose of the selected type of vaccine.
For vaccinated Californians, they will be automatically entered into a series of lottery drawings through the middle of June. On June 4th and June 11th, drawings will be held to give 15 people $50,000 each for a total of 30 people. The remaining $15 million will then go to a large drawing on June 15th for large $1.5 million prizes for 10 already vaccinated Californians.
All winners will remain confidential according to the Governor.
The governor’s office said “winners will be identified by anonymous number and the county they live in. Over the coming days, the state will reach out to winners and request their approval to share their information publicly. In addition, the program is providing $100 million in $50 prepaid or grocery cards for newly vaccinated people leading up to the state’s full reopening.”
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