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Chicago mayor runs bizarre vaccination campaign with $826 cash prize    


‘This stack could be yours’: Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot is mocked mercilessly for running bizarre at-home vaccination raffle with a very random $826 cash prize

  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot posted a photo of herself with $826 in cash on the floor that read, ‘Get Vax’d’ on Thursday night to promote a vaccine contest
  • Residents were encouraged to book an at-home appointment with the city’s Department of Health to qualify for a raffle to win the cash prize
  • Lightfoot and the program were immediately mocked online over its bizarre presentation and random prize amount
  • The program mirrors the one in New York City that launched in the summer where those who got vaccinated won $100 


Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been mocked mercilessly for posting a bizarre photo of herself with cash on the floor that read, ‘Get Vax’d’ on Twitter on Thursday night as a way to promote the city’s new vaccine campaign.

The strange photo, posted on Twitter, shows Lightfoot standing next to the cash totaling $826 with the caption: ‘The message is clear. Get vaccinated from the comfort of your home and this stack could be yours.’ 

The ‘Get Vax’d’ message was comprised of 41 $20 bills, a $5 bill, and a $1 bill for the apostrophe.   

The odd post from the mayor is meant to encourage Chicago residents to call the city’s Department of Health to make an at-home appointment for a vaccine shot and be entered into a raffle to win the cash. 

However, the post drew immediate criticism online as people mocked the cash incentive for the vaccine and likened Lightfoot’s appearance in the photo to that of a comic book villain. 

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot posted a bizarre promotion for the city’s new vaccine program, which enters those who get vaccinated with the Department of Health into a raffle for $826

One Twitter user with the name Evan V was among the many who shared a photo of Lightfoot photoshopped into the Batman villain, The Riddler, with the cash prize instead spelling out’ Get The Bat.’ 

Many online were also quick to point out the bizarre amount for the cash prize, mocking the single dollar bill used as an apostrophe in Lightfoot’s photo.

A Twitter user with the handle MoralityCode wrote, ‘Lori, I have to ask… why the one random dollar bill?’

Another Twitter user with the name Mister Haledaddy expressed his bewilderment at how the odd cash-prize campaign came to be, writing:’ Somebody thought this was a good idea. Then, other people thought it was too. Then they actually did it. Then they looked at their product and again thought this was a great idea. Then they published it. This right here is an obvious case of group think right?’

Another user with the name Edonk also mocked the Lightfoot’s post, tweeting, ‘This is the most bizarre way to attempt to get ppl vaccinated. ”This stack.” 

Many were quick to mock Lightfoot's post and questioned why the city chose to do a cash prize raffle for the vaccine

Many were quick to mock Lightfoot’s post and questioned why the city chose to do a cash prize raffle for the vaccine

Lightfoot’s post comes as the city tries to combat the Omicron spread, with the city reporting 1,543 cases in the past day, according to the Chicago Department of Health. 

The city also saw 137 hospitalizations and 18 deaths on Thursday. There were 30,196 tests conducted that day with a positivity rating of 6.8 per cent. 

About 66 per cent of those eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated in Chicago, and nearly 75 per cent have gotten at least one jab.  

The Chicago Department of Health has not publicly elaborated on the new vaccine program and did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment. 

The cash incentive mirrors the programs run in New York City where those eligible for the vaccine wo received the jab were rewarded with $100. 

New York state also ran an incentive program in November called Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate, where it selected 50 vaccinated children to receive full-ride scholarships to any two- or four-year New York State public college or university. 

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