May 26, 2021 - Health

New York will raffle off scholarships to kids who get vaccinated

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a press conference on May 11.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a press conference on May 11. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

New York will raffle off 50 four-year scholarships to any public college or university in the state for people between 12–17 years old who receive a coronavirus vaccine from tomorrow until July 7, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: It's part of the state's initiative to vaccinate young people after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the use of Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine in 12- to 15-year-olds.

Details: A random drawing of 10 four-year scholarships will occur on Wednesdays.

  • Kids who have already received one dose of the vaccine can add their names to the weekly drawing pool, Cuomo said.

The big picture: The state is also offering a chance to win a grand prize of $5 million for anyone who gets vaccinated in one of the 10 state vaccination sites this week.

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