San Benito County organizations sponsor $ 1,500 raffle for those vaccinated –

Local organizations in San Benito County are sponsoring a raffle with up to $ 1,500 in total prizes for residents who complete their Covid-19 vaccination in October.

Meanwhile, San Benito County still has funds to issue $ 200 cash incentives and $ 25 gift cards for people who have been or soon will be vaccinated.

The upcoming raffle is being funded by a $ 1,500 grant to the San Benito Community Foundation of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, a press release from the county said. The purpose of the grant funds is to “coordinate and increase immunization awareness”.

The raffle will consist of a cash prize of $ 500 to three winners. In order to participate, residents of San Benito County must complete their series of Covid-19 vaccines between October 1 and October 31. The draw will take place on November 5.

A complete vaccine series is equivalent to a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The vaccination campaign features local artist Venecia Prudencio to help encourage residents to get vaccinated, the county press release says. The raffle coordination is a coalition of local agencies and organizations including the Community Foundation for San Benito County, Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital, BenitoLink, LULAC, San Benito County, San Benito County Arts Council, San Benito County Farm Bureau , San Benito Health Foundation, San Benito County Office of Education, YMCA of San Benito, and Youth Alliance.

The raffle is designed to complement the county’s vaccination incentive program to help increase vaccination rates for residents of San Benito County. Eligible residents will be entered into the raffle after receiving their $ 200 cash incentive through the San Benito County Health and Human Services Agency.

Cash vouchers can be redeemed at the San Benito County Health and Human Services Agency at 1111 San Felipe Road, Suite 108 in Hollister, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment for the Covid-19 vaccine, visit the state’s MyTurn vaccine appointment system at or call 833.422.4255.

County staff sent a reminder regarding the Health and Human Services Agency’s ongoing Covid-19 vaccine incentive program, which began in August with total funding of $ 500,000. This program offers $ 200 to residents of San Benito County who have completed their immunizations since August 10 and $ 25 gift cards to those who have received a dose since the same date.

Both county incentives will continue until funds are exhausted. To date, the county has issued approximately $ 215,000 in vaccine incentives.

As of September 29, approximately 34,500 residents of San Benito County had been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the county press release said. 4,500 additional residents are partially vaccinated.

“With the urgency of the more communicable Delta variant, there is a renewed urgency to have all eligible Californians vaccinated as quickly as possible,” the county press release said.

Also as of September 29, 290 of the 294 local Covid-19 cases that resulted in hospitalization were among the unvaccinated, according to county staff. The 70 deaths from Covid-19 in San Benito County were unvaccinated individuals.

San Benito County public health officials are reminding the unvaccinated population that Covid-19 vaccines are widely available, safe, free, and offer excellent protection against severe infection with Covid-19, its variants, l ‘hospitalization and death,’ read the October 1 press release. said.

The county also hosts free public health clinics on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 351 Tres Pinos Road, Suite B in Hollister. No appointment is necessary.

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