More Evidence That State Lotteries Didn’t Boost Vaccination Rates

Friday, January 7, 2022 – Although some US states allocate large sums of cash to influence populations to get COVID-19 vaccines, they do not appear to make any significant difference in immunization rates.

Investigators who found this to be true in a previous study in Ohio looked at an additional 15 states for this latest research.

Boston University School of Medicine researchers evaluated changes in COVID-19 vaccination rates in those 15 states, reviewing data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and individual state health departments to assess trends in vaccination rates among adults in states with and without lottery incentive programs.

The team found no association between state-based vaccine lottery stimulus programs and increased COVID-19 vaccination rates.

“As in our previous study of lottery incentives in Ohio, unfortunately we did not find an increase in COVID-19 vaccines related to lottery incentive programs in other states,” said study author Dr.

These findings suggest that state-based lotteries have limited value in increasing vaccine uptake, the researchers said.

“More studies and resources should be devoted to other strategies to increase vaccination rates, including those that directly target the underlying causes of vaccine hesitation,” Lu said in a university news release.

The results were published online January 4 in the journal Gamma Internal Medicine.

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Source: Boston University School of Medicine press release, January 4, 2022

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