The US is reporting around 118 million people are fully vaccinated this week. At about 2.2 million shots per day, that is impressive but not enough. Ohio, in particular, has concocted a plan to boost the number of people getting the COVID-19 vaccine by entering them in a weekly drawing for a million dollars, according to local news WLWT.
Gov. Mike DeWine uses the old "carrot and stick" trick, otherwise known as a motivational tactic that uses a reward (such as the chance to win a million dollars) to influence human behavior and push more people to receive the vaccine.
Five Ohioans will be drawn over five weeks, with the first drawing held on May 26.
"The pool of names for the drawing will be derived from the Ohio Secretary of State's publicly available voter registration database," said DeWine."Further, we will make available a webpage for people to sign up for the drawings if they are not in a database we are using."
The Ohio Department of Health is sponsoring the special weekly drawing for vaccinated people. DeWine is using existing federal COVID relief funds for the winning prize.
The only qualifications Ohioans need are to be vaccinated and over the age of 18.
"I know that some may say, 'DeWine, you're crazy! This million-dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money.' But truly, the real waste at this point in the pandemic — when the vaccine is readily available to anyone who wants it — is a life lost to COVID-19," the governor said.
Using newly printed money as a motivational tactic to manipulate human behavior to get more residents to receive the vaccine is absolutely dystopic in every way.