LOUISIANA - Governor John Bel Edwards announced a new campaign Thursday in an effort to increase Louisiana's current vaccination numbers.
The Shot for a Million Campaign will officially begin Monday. Louisiana residents who have taken or chose to get the vaccine can be entered to win cash prizes and scholarships amounting to $100,000.
News 15 spoke with a few residents on if this is enough to incentivize them to get vaccinated.
Nathan Schenck, a college student, says it’s still not enough of an incentive.
"I’m still like on the science side with it not being...That really won’t push me that much because at the end of the day it’s a lottery. How is that going to be any different than me going to the local gas station and buying me a lottery ticket," Schenck said.
For Lafayette resident Morgan Credeur, she says she hasn’t been vaccinated because she still has her own doubts about how safe it is.
"I am just worried about it. Just reading different stories, hearing different things. I know some of the things said are kind of crazy but some of them are a little more believable which is why I guess I haven’t been vaccinated yet," she said.
She believes the incentives will get more people to take the vaccine but says she still needs to do more research before deciding for herself.
"I feel like I still need to do my research. It definitely is an incentive, it makes you want to go out there and do it," Credeur said. "But you also have to think about the other side of things; your family, your health and your own personal life."
With the $2.3 million in prizes going out to a total of fourteen people during July, Andrew Swearengin says the incentive just isn’t there.
"No I wouldn’t do it, I still wouldn’t do it because what are the chances of you winning a lottery that all these people are doing," he said.
Registration for the Shot at a Million Campaign starting Monday, June 21. You can register here.
For more information on the Shot at a Million Campaign you can visit here.