Mesa County Public Health has teamed up with several partners to offer its community members the chance to win prize money for getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The grand prize for the ‘Big Shot Giveaway’ is currently at $45,000, but the prize will increase with every additional person vaccinated. Between June 1st and July 31st, Mesa County Public Health will add $1 to the jackpot for every new vaccination. Not to mention, there will be two separate $500 giveaways each week on top of the grand prize.
This sweepstakes means more than just winning a cash prize, however; Public Health says it could mean saving a life. “Right now, we know that the children in the community that can’t get vaccinated are really who we’re trying to protect. We had a teen recently die of COVID, a teen female, and we don’t want that to happen. We have to protect these children, we have to protect people with compromised immune systems who also can’t get the shot. So that’s about us coming together as a community, having pride in our community, and protecting everyone in our community,” says Mesa County Public Health Executive Director Jeff Kuhr.
The giveaway is open to all Mesa County residents who are getting vaccinated, but you must sign yourself up to be eligible. In order to be entered into the contest, visit health.mesacounty.us and sign up after receiving your vaccine, whether it be your first or final dose.
Not only are those not yet vaccinated eligible for prizes, but those who have been vaccinated will be entered into a separate giveaway. All Mesa County residents that have already received their shots may still enter to win the grand prize. “Anyone, any Mesa County resident can go out and put their name in that pool,” continues Kuhr.
The vaccine clinic is open Wednesdays through Saturdays every week. The county’s percent positivity rate remains at 6%, which is above the 5% rate that health officials want to see. Getting your vaccine and entering the give away will help in lowering these rates.