United Airlines is attempting to incentivize flyers to get the COVID-19 vaccination by giving them the chance to win flights for a year’s worth of travel.
The attempt by United is backed by President Biden who is encouraging more people to get inoculated.
Under the terms of the ‘Your Shot to Fly’ sweepstakes, members of the airline’s frequent flier program who upload their vaccination records to United’s website between now and mid-June will be entered to win a roundtrip flight for two, in any class of service, to anywhere in the world United flies.
United Airlines announced is to run sweepstakes titled, ‘Your Shot To Fly’ in an effort to boost vaccination rates
Seven of the states – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont – are in the Northeast and two states, Hawaii and New Mexico, are in the West
Nine U.S. states have administered at least one coronavirus vaccine dose to 70% of their adult population as of Monday
Despite average vaccination rates falling, it is expected that President Joe Biden will meet his goal of vaccinating at least 70% of all American adults by July 4
The carrier is to give away 30 pairs of tickets throughout the month of June before announcing five randomly selected members for a grand prize of travel for a year for themselves and a companion.
‘We’re proud to do our part to incentivize people to get their shot,’ said United CEO Scott Kirby.
‘Thanks to the vaccine, more and more destinations are opening up for travel – and we know our customers are eager to fly. We’re excited to give people one more reason to get vaccinated so they can reunite with friends and family or take that long-awaited vacation which all could be just one shot away.’
A number of other companies are also urging Americans to get jabbed.
Businesses have offered free beer, marijuana and doughnuts all to encourage more people to get vaccinated.
Uber and Lyft car services are also offering people free rides to take them to and from their vaccination sites.
Bars in some areas have even offered shots of alcohol for those getting their vaccines.
Private businesses such as Trader Joes and Dollar General have also offered financial inducements to staff who take up the vaccine.
Throughout June, United plans to give away 30 pairs of tickets for a roundtrip flight for two in any class, to any destination in the world where United flies
New York, Maryland and Ohio are offering free lottery tickets to those who get a COVID vaccine in an effort to boost immunization rates statewide.
In New York, anyone 18 or older who gets a COVID vaccine from one of the 10 state-run clinics will receive a scratch-off Mega Multiplier lottery ticket.
The chances of winning money in the program, Governor Andrew Cuomo said, is one in nine, but the winnings can vary in size from $20 to $5 million.
‘This new pilot program will offer a greater incentive for New Yorkers to get vaccinated by offering a free scratch-off ticket for a chance to win up to $5 million,’ he added, noting, ‘The more New Yorkers we can get vaccinated, the better our situation and the faster we can return to a new normal.’
In Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan said, the state Health Department has partnered with the Maryland lottery to dole out $2 million in prize money to vaccinated Marylanders.
Mega Multiplier prizes will range from $20 to $5 million, and those who receive a COVID vaccine at one of the 10 state-run sites will have a one-in-nine chance of winning a prize
Starting on Tuesday, Hogan said, the lottery will randomly select one person a day from a list of people who have gotten vaccinated to win a $40,000 prize.
There will be 40 drawings over 40 days for $40,000, and a final drawing on July 4 for $400,000.
‘The goal is just to get those reluctant folks, or people who just haven’t thought about it,’ Hogan said. ‘So remember Maryland, get your shot for a shot to win.’
The biggest incentive could be the option to people to finally ditch their masks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s latest guidance suggests that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear facemasks in most indoor and outdoor settings.
‘Get vaccinated — or wear a mask until you do,’ Biden said earlier this month.
A total of 190 coronavirus deaths were reported on Sunday, marking the 22nd day in a row that fatalities have been below 1,000
The U.S. recorded 19,778 new coronavirus cases with a rolling average of 26,363, which are figures not seen since mid-June