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Health Report: Tanana Chiefs Conference offers COVID-19 vaccine incentive giveaway

Published: Sep. 7, 2021 at 3:47 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) is offering a COVID-19 vaccine incentive giveaway with a variety of cash prizes for those who are vaccinated.

According to Jacoline Bergstrom, Executive Director of Health Services for TCC, the giveaway is similar to other programs run across the United States. ”We have a Tanana Chiefs Conference sponsored giveaway for those who are vaccinated,” Bergstrom remarked, “And we’ve really thought about this for quite some time. We’ve heard from other health care organizations. Other entities including the Chamber of Commerce are having raffles or giveaways, or prizes for people to get vaccinated.”

The goal of this giveaway is to incentivize those in Interior Alaska who may be on the fence over receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Prizes will be given away every month from September to December, with three grand prizes drawn in December.

Bergstrom continued, “Given where we’re at in this pandemic, especially with the resurgence that we’re seeing and the current spike of infections with a really high infection rate in the Interior, especially the Fairbanks North Star Borough... plus going into a second winter of COVID, where we know, ‘Man we’re 18 months into this...’ We’re all so tired, we’re also done with wearing the mask, and now we’re seeing this uptick. So we’re really trying to figure out, what is it that we can do to maybe bring something forward that could encourage people who are maybe on the brink of wanting to get vaccinated? Maybe they had reasons not to yet, [and] maybe this will help them as a sort of incentive to get vaccinated.”

The giveaway is also for those who have already been vaccinated, and all participants over 18 have a chance to win cash prizes up to $5,000, as well as plane tickets.

“But in the same token,” Bergstrom said, “We’ve had lots of folks who have gotten the vaccine, and we’re super grateful for that because it’s going to take, at the end of the day, all of us to get vaccinated, those that are eligible, in combination with doing all the preventive measures to curb what’s going on currently with the COVID surge. So it’s also a ‘thank you’ for those who have been vaccinated. Everyone in the Interior of Alaska is eligible.”

More information on the giveaway, including prizes and how to enter, can be found on the TCC website.

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