Organizations in Ketchikan and on Prince of Wales Island are providing incentives to get individuals vaccinated towards COVID-19. The Ketchikan and POW Chambers of Commerce obtained grants from the Alaska State Chamber and the Division of Well being and Social Companies for that function.
Ketchikan’s chamber govt director Michelle O’Brien says the state provided $45,000 for a vaccination incentive program. As a result of the native chamber has shied away from advocating for or towards vaccines, saying it’s a private selection, O’Brien mentioned she determined to get artistic when accepting the cash.
“However I believed to myself, ‘Who do I do know that is mostly a proponent of vaccinations? Oh, Rotary.’ As a result of they’ve been doing these world polio vaccinations like eternally, many years. They have been already volunteering at numerous vaccine clinics. I’ll simply get them to assist.”
O’Brien says Rotary is coordinating and volunteering at clinics all through the month. The following are this Friday and Saturday. To incentivize those that is likely to be hesitant or haven’t gotten their vaccine, First Metropolis Rotary is providing free 4th of July Rotary Duck Raffle tickets. The highest prize within the raffle is $2,500. As well as, O’Brien says to assist the native financial system she additionally bought $22,500 in reward playing cards from native companies.
“So every clinic is providing one $500 reward card and 41 $100 reward playing cards.”
O’Brien says anybody who’s vaccinated through the month of June, not simply these attending a Rotary-sponsored clinic, can obtain a free duck raffle ticket by exhibiting proof of vaccination to Tongass Federal Credit score Union.
Prince of Wales Island can also be selling vaccinations. Prize drawings are open to all residents of the Prince of Wales and Hyder census space who’ve already been vaccinated or get their first dose of vaccine between now and June twenty fifth. Brian Templin is the president of the Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce.
“So what we’re going to do is do drawings each week. We’re going to attract about $3,000 value of prizes every week in various drawings. The prizes vary from $250 to $1,000 every.”
Drawings started in late Might. Templin says each different week, there additionally will likely be drawings for $500 Alaska Airline reward certificates. As well as, three grand prize drawings for $2,500 Alaska Airline reward certificates will likely be held on the finish of June.
“For those who’re a winner, we are going to ask to see proof of vaccine and proof of Prince of Wales / Hyder census space residency. The purpose is to get the vaccination price as much as between 70 and 80 p.c. So we’re actually encouraging of us to get vaccinated.”
As of Wednesday, the census space’s vaccination price was 63%. On Prince of Wales, residents 12 and up can join vaccinations by means of the Alicia Roberts Medical Heart in Klawock or the PeaceHealth clinic in Craig.
These already vaccinated on POW or in Hyder can enter the drawings at: discoverpowisland.com Join data is on the backside of the web page.
Extra details about POW and Ketchikan vaccination clinics are on the KRBD on-line group calendar.