Doctors at hospitals treating COVID-19 patients around the state cannot remember a single death of a vaccinated person. Yet health officials are struggling to convince certain groups to get vaccinated, especially young people and minorities.
Hispanic and black residents continue to be hospitalized at disproportionately high rates, according to state health officials.
Hispanics make up about 20% of the state’s population, but in recent weeks they made up about 28% of those hospitalized. Black residents make up nearly 4% of the state’s population, but have been hospitalized in recent weeks at double that number.
OLYMPIA, Washington – Washington is the latest state to offer prizes to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, with Governor Jay Inslee announcing a series of giveaways during the month of June on Thursday that includes lottery draws totaling $ 2 million, college helps with tuition, plane tickets, and gaming systems.
The incentive program, called “Shot of a Lifetime,” ends June 30 and applies to those who begin the vaccination process this month as well as residents who have already been vaccinated.
Washington joins several other states – including California, New Mexico, Ohio and Oregon – that have already established lotteries in hopes of speeding up the pace of vaccination, which has slowed in recent weeks.