Eastern KY Health Dept hopes ‘Shot at a Million’ raises vaccination rates

LEXINGTON, Ky. (UPDATE) (WTVQ) – Lake Cumberland district health department covers ten counties in the state…including Pulaski, Casey and Wayne …Executive Director Shawn Crabtree says the districts’ counties are all below the state average of vaccination rates.

“I would really love to see our counties do better” said Crabtree.

He says 1 in 18 people in the district who has caught the virus has ended up in the hospital, and 1 in 50 people have died from it.

“We’re still going to continue to have new cases each day and most of those new cases are people who have not had the vaccine” said Crabtree.

He says Casey County only has a 25.32% vaccination rate….and its counties like it that Governor Andy Beshear is hoping to change with some incentives.

Friday, Governor Beshear announced ‘A Shot at a Million’…an incentive drawing.

It applies to those who have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or at least the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Currently in Kentucky, more than 2 million people have been vaccinated.

“We need even more of our fellow Kentuckians to get vaccinated before we can truly be free of COVID-19’s threat” said Governor Beshear.

‘A Shot at a Million’ would give three people 18 and older a chance at a million dollars.

But not just that, 15 Kentuckians 12-17 could win a full scholarship to a Kentucky public college, university, technical or trade school.

“Winning a million dollars or a free education is truly life changing” added Governor Beshear.

Crabtree says he isn’t sure if Beshear’s incentive will increase rates in his district, but he’s hoping it does.

“I’m glad that he’s trying to do something to encourage that reluctant population” added Crabtree.

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