CHARLESTON — During Friday’s briefing, Gov. Jim Justice announced a second round of the “Do it for Babydog” vaccination sweepstakes as the state continues to push the importance of vaccination to the younger population.
“We are trying to incentivize more and more West Virginians to get vaccinated, and especially our younger folks,” Gov. Justice said.
The giveaway will include the following prizes each week:
- 5 full-ride scholarships to any higher education institution in West Virginia for individuals age 12 to 25 per week,
- 1 luxury sports car per week,
- 4 ATVs, side by sides, or top of the line zero turn lawn mowers per week,
- 1 custom fishing or pontoon boat per week,
- $150,000 toward a dream wedding for 1 West Virginian per week,
- Free gas for 10 years for 2 West Virginians per week
- 6 season ticket packages to WVU or Marshall sporting events, and
- 5 season lift tickets to ski resorts in West Virginia.
Award winners will be announced each week over a 6 week period.
West Virginians who have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can begin registering for the giveaway on Monday, August 23rd.
Those who previously registered for the original vaccination sweepstakes will be required to register again.
More details will be provided on Monday and all details are subject to change.
Registration and sweepstakes rules will be posted to DoItForBabydog.wv.gov next week.
During Friday’s briefing, Gov. Justice reiterated that he continues to push the CDC, FDA and the White House for authorization to begin giving an additional dose of vaccine immediately to high-risk individuals in West Virginia.
“West Virginians in long-term care facilities and healthcare settings were some of the first people in the country to get vaccinated and they need the additional dose very soon, we can’t afford to wait until September 10,” Gov. Justice said.
The additional dose will be administered approximately eight months after the second dose of the vaccine. The third dose will be of the same vaccine from the two-dose regimen, and right now only includes Pfizer and Moderna. Last week the CDC and FDA authorized additional doses for people with compromised immune systems.
The Governor also reported today that there are now 469 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant statewide.
The total number of active COVID-19 cases in West Virginia has now reached 8,806; an increase of 1,227 from Monday’s case total.
Hospitalizations continue to increase as well, with 428 people currently hospitalized. Of that total, 131 patients are in the ICU.
“We have now lost more people in West Virginia to COVID-19 than we did from the 9/11 incident in the United States,” said State Coronavirus Czar Dr. Clay Marsh. “We need to start to rally around each other to become vaccinated. The treatment that we have for this virus are the vaccines.”
Free COVID-19 vaccinations remain available to all West Virginians ages 12 and older.
All West Virginians interested in being vaccinated are encouraged to visit Vaccinate.wv.gov or call the West Virginia Vaccine Info Line: 1-833-734-0965. The info line is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.