BU Medical School is investigating whether the lottery will help vaccinate more people – Boston 25 News
BOSTON – Do you think a vaccine lottery is a good idea?
Some told Boston 25 News on Friday that they believed it did, even though they had already received the blow.
“It’s a pretty good idea,” said Hussam, who declined to give his full name.
He can certainly gamble, but he doesn’t think the idea of persuading people to get vaccinated with cash will work.
“People who didn’t get the vaccine didn’t get it for a specific reason. I don’t think money will change that reason, ”he said.
And that’s exactly what a new study from Boston University School of Medicine found.
Dr. Allan Walkey, professor of medicine and critical care physician at Boston Medical Center, is the author of the study.
“So we concluded that there did not appear to be a significant effect of the lottery on increasing vaccination rates,” said Dr Walkey.
He and his team researched the first Vaxamillions National Lottery in Ohio for four weeks. They also took into account the fact that the FDA extended COVID-19 shooting to 12 to 15 year olds, which happened around the same time.
Walkey says there has been an increase in vaccinations, but it’s also been happening across the country.
“When you look at the rest of the United States that didn’t have a lottery, that little bump that Ohio saw was actually happening all over the place at the same time,” Walkey said.
He doesn’t know if the lottery is enough to entice unvaccinated people to get shot. Yet many are delighted. An unidentified woman we spoke to said she will definitely play.
“Yeah totally, honestly, yeah,” she said.
Walkey says it will take more than money to reach those who are not vaccinated.
“If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, it’s often you have a strong belief that drives it,” Walkey said.
He suggests awareness programs to find out why people hesitate. And he urges everyone to get vaccinated.
“I would encourage, as an intensive care doctor who has seen the worst of Covid, that everyone get vaccinated,” Walkey said.
We reached out to Governor Charlie Baker’s office to see what they think about the BU medical school study. So far we have not had a response.
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