DOVER — Tuesday is the final day to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in order to be eligible for prizes as part of Delaware’s vaccine incentive program, DE Wins!
Winners for the grand prizes of $302,000 and two low-digit license plates will be drawn on Wednesday. Those are up for grabs for anyone vaccinated in Delaware.
Gov. John Carney announced Monday two final prizes for those recently vaccinated, which will also be drawn this week.
The Delaware Blue Coats will offer four floor tickets to a 2021-2022 basketball game and YMCA of Delaware will be offering a one-year family membership, for two parents and up to four dependents.
The incentive program was created to help push Delaware toward President Joe Biden’s goal of 70% of adults vaccinated by July 4. As of Monday, 69.8% of Delawareans 18 years and older had received at least one shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This figure includes Delawareans vaccinated out of state and at such sites as Veterans Affairs offices and Dover Air Force Base, who do not report their data to the Delaware Division of Public Health.
“We truly want all eligible Delawareans to get vaccinated, not just to get us to that magic 70% mark in the next few days, but afterwards as well, because it’s the single most important thing you can do to keep COVID at bay,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director in a statement. “Even after July 4, we will continue our vaccination efforts, especially working to reach those in the 18- to 34-year-old age group with information they need to make a well-informed decision. All three vaccines have been proven safe and effective. Let’s keep the momentum going and get more people protected by getting a COVID vaccine.”
A list of vaccination sites is available at de.gov/getmyvaccine. Delawareans can see the list of prizes at dewins.org while prize winners are being posted at dewins.org/winners.
There had been 1,006,554 doses of vaccine administered in Delaware as of Sunday at 11:59 p.m. For all individuals vaccinated in Delaware, which includes non-Delawareans who either work in the First State or receive their healthcare here, 490,918 are fully vaccinated.
The DPH reported 18 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Monday’s update and no new COVID-19-related deaths, bringing those totals to 109,700 positive cases and 1,694 deaths.
COVID-19 hospitalizations increased by one compared to the day prior, up to 15. Four of those cases are considered critical, according to the DPH.