Quebec residents who have gotten both of their doses of the COVID-19 vaccine can get themselves entered into a lottery with prizes totalling up to $2 million, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube said Tuesday.
Entries can be made on the Clic Sante portal as of July 25.
"It is not only to reward those who are already vaccinated, but also to those who will get vaccinated," said Dubé. "What we want to encourage is both first and second doses."
Other provinces, such as Ontario and Manitoba, have already used lotteries to entice reticent or procrastinatory residents into getting jabbed.
Those that enter will be eligible for four weekly draws in August and a grand-prize draw on September 1, the minister said.
Quebecers 18 and over that have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible for those draws, which will be for $150,000 each, and held every Friday. A pair of $10,000 bursaries will be drawn for those 18 and under that have gotten at least one shot.
On September 1, a single grand prize of $1 million will be drawn for adult Quebecers, with 16 $20,000 bursaries to be drawn for those 12 to 17.
The minister said the lottery had three goals; first to push people to move up their second dose of the vaccine to before August 31, second, to bring the rate of vaccination of the second dose to 75 per cent, and third, to combat the variants that are largely responsible for new cases of the COVID-19 virus.
"We want to come back to a certain normality," Dubé said. He added in a tweet Tuesday afternoon that there has been a slight rise in new cases of the virus, mostly amongst younger Quebecers.
Fifty-four per cent of Quebecers are fully vaccinated as of July 20.
Marc Lalonde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Iori:wase