Nothing is excluded at this time, including lotteries or rewards of all kinds., Prime Minister François Legault said on Monday, shortly after receiving his second dose of the vaccine at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
The creation of a “COVID lottery”, the details of which have not yet been released, is one of the options considered by the government to convince the fringe of the population which is lagging behind in the vaccination campaign, namely 18 to 39 years old.
While immunization of all other age groups is progressing well, it is difficult to say the same for young adults. As of June 15, one in three people in this group had not been vaccinated. Two-thirds of 18 to 39 year olds live in Montreal and Laval.
In both areas, vaccination is still a challenge, the prime minister acknowledged.
Stressing that the health network is “creative” to encourage the most reluctant, the office of the Minister of Health confirmed that Christian Dubé was currently working on
a form of lottery with the Minister of Finance and the Economy Eric Girard.
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His press officer indicated that the purpose of this system was
get as many people as possible to get their second dose.
We do not rule out any strategy to encourage young adults to get vaccinated […]
Minister Dubé’s office simply indicated that the details of this initiative, which
wants to be fair, will be
disclosed when finalized.
So far, 70.3% of the adult population has obtained at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 19.1% is considered
adequately vaccinated (with two doses, or a single dose in the case of those who have previously contracted COVID-19).
With information from Sébastien Bovet and The Canadian Press