With just 40% of people in Missouri fully vaccinated and a rapidly growing number of COVID-19 cases, Gov. Mike Parson launched an incentive campaign, with potential financial rewards to 900 Missourians.
With financial rewards only available to those who have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, the program “MO VIP” is the governor’s way of encouraging reluctant Missouri residents to take the shot.
Once a Missouri resident receives at least one vaccine shot, adults are eligible to register to win $10,000 in cash. Youth ages 12-17, who receive at least one vaccine shot, can register to win a $10,000 education savings account.
Over the next three months, 900 Missourians, 180 each drawing, will share in the total incentive package of $9 million. Funding for the incentives comes from federal COVID-19 relief funds.
“We understand that come Missourians are hesitant towards getting the vaccine, but we must take personal responsibility and do right by our own health,” Parson said in a press release.
The first drawing will be on Aug. 13, with drawings occurring every two weeks for a total of five drawings. The last drawing will occur on Oct. 8.
Individuals qualify to register in either the Red, White or Blue category.
- Red: Missourians age 18 and up who received at least one dose of vaccine after July 21, 2021
- White: Missourians age 18 and up who received at least one dose of vaccine before July 21, 2021
- Blue: Missourians ages 12 to 17 receiving at least one dose of vaccine at any time
Winners must also meet the following requirements:
- Must be a living citizen of the United States and a permanent resident of the State of Missouri
- Must be 12 years old and older
- Must have received at least the first COVID-19 vaccination prior to the drawing date
Eighty winners will be randomly selected during each drawing from the Red and 80 from the White categories, with 10 of those names selected from individuals in each of the state’s eight congressional districts. Each of those individuals will receive $10,000. In addition, during each of the five drawings, 20 adolescents from the blue category will be selected to receive $10,000 in education savings.
Once you enter, you’re registered for each drawing, so there is no need to enter again. So, the sooner you enter – as well as the sooner you get your vaccine -- the more chances you have to win.
For more information about the program or to register visit MOStopsCovid.com/win.