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'Vax and Scratch' program extended

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Mon, Jun 7th 2021 10:40 am

Individuals vaccinated at these sites will receive a free scratch-off ticket

√ Sites open to walk-ins and appointments June 7-11

Over the weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the “Vax and Scratch” program – which provides free New York state Lottery scratch-off tickets to individuals 18 and over with a grand prize of $5 million – will extend another week. Participating sites will be open from Monday, June 7, through Friday, June 11. The program will not impact education funding.

"A robust vaccination program is a vital cornerstone of New York's efforts to rebuild our economy, and the state is implementing creative strategies to convince residents and families to get vaccinated for COVID-19," Cuomo said. "This potential $5 million grand prize for getting vaccinated is the latest salvo in our campaign to convince New Yorkers to take the shot, and we're extending it to give even more people a chance at a winning ticket."

The ticket, which is sold by retailers across the state for $20, will be provided free to individuals 18 and older who take their first dose of Pfizer or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at one of the sites. The sites are open to both walk-ins and appointments.

In Western New York, the site is the University at Buffalo South Campus, 3435 Main St., Buffalo.

As of April 29, all state mass-vaccination sites are open for walk-in appointments, a continuation of efforts to make it easier for New Yorkers to get vaccinated. Additionally, all vaccine providers are encouraged to allow walk-in appointments and eliminate other barriers for vaccinations for eligible New Yorkers.

The COVID-19 vaccine tracker dashboard is available to update New Yorkers on the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine. The New York State Department of Health requires vaccinating facilities to report all vaccine administration data within 24 hours; the vaccine administration data on the dashboard is updated daily to reflect the most up-to-date metrics in the state's vaccination effort.

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