Coronavirus Update New York City: NYC to hold vaccination contest for $2,500 prizes in July

Coronavirus update for NYC

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Raw video: Mayor de Blasio on $2,500 vaccine incentive
Raw video: NYC Mayor de Blasio announces $2,500 incentive prizes to encourage New Yorkers to get COVID shots.

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday residents who get vaccinated at New York City-run sites now have the chance to win $2,500.

The contest includes 10 money prizes given out each week through the month of July.

"This is a real opportunity after everything everyone has been through," de Blasio said. "I think the vast majority of New Yorkers could really use $2,500 right now. Make a big difference in your lives."

The mayor says for those who have not been vaccinated, all they have to do is make the appointment to qualify.

"If you get vaccinated at any city-run site, you get to enter with the chance to win this city-run prize," he said.

The money prizes aren't the only vaccine incentives happening in New York City.

In May, de Blasio offered a slew of incentives to encourage New Yorkers to get vaccinated, including tickets to NYC Aquarium, NY Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Bronx Zoo, Citi Bike membership (free for 2 weeks), Public Theater Membership, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Cyclones, New York City Football Club and NYC Ferry.

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