He also announced an increase to $2 million from the original $1 million vaccine lottery, which correlated with his announcement of ten consecutive $100,000 drawings per district beginning July 9, 2021.
Previously, the ten consecutive drawings were to be hosted territory-wide, but the drawings will be held per district, which increases the chances of vaccinated individuals winning.
Every Virgin Islander vaccinated in the territory will be automatically entered in the general vaccine lottery as part of the Office of the Governor’s “Vax to Win USVI” public outreach campaign, Government House said Friday.
Winners who are fully vaccinated will win a cash prize of $100,000, and winners who have received just one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine will win a cash prize of $50,000.
The initial announcement specified that only fully vaccinated USVI residents would be eligible to participate.
The expanded eligibility also extends to the special drawing for school-based workers and bus drivers. The special drawing is aimed at ensuring school campuses are ready for in-person learning in the 2021-2022 school year, according to the administration.
The Office of the Governor will also launch an official “Vax to Win USVI” website, www.VaxtoWinUSVI.com, at noon on Monday.
The site will feature the official rules, the dates for drawings and the announcement of winners, as well as a section for school-based employees to register for the special drawing, Gov't House said.
With the B.1.1.7 variant of the COVID-19 virus present in the territory, Mr Bryan said, “This outreach campaign is really about increasing awareness about the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine and encouraging our residents to get vaccinated."