How effective has Colorado’s vaccine lottery been?
In an effort to encourage more residents to receive their vaccines, some states have launched vaccine lottery programs, giving residents the chance to win millions. Ohio was the first state to implement such a program and so far, the results are not showing that it helped to increase the rate of vaccination. Another early adopter of the concept was Colorado, so, has it worked?
On average in April, Colorado vaccinated 56,552 adults each day. In May this number dropped to 33,314. The vaccine lottery was launched on 25 May, and the average number of doses administered after the announcement through 11 June is lower than in all of May — just over 14,000.
Is Colorado on track to meet President Biden’s target?
The president is hoping to see at least seventy percent of adults at least partially vaccinated in the US by the Fourth of July. The current percentage in Colorado stands at 67.7%. Since the number of doses being administered in the state has dropped, this measure has slowed significantly. In April, the percentage of adults with one dose grew 20 points, in May that number was 7. Although the program has not helped to speed up vaccination, it has ensured that the rate of vaccination will allow the state to meet President Biden’s goal. So long as the rate does not slow significantly in the coming weeks, the state is on track to surpass the president’s target.