Woman Uploads Photo of COVID Vaccine Card and Wins a Year of Free Flights
More and more people are getting vaccinated against the horrific COVID-19 virus, but a few of them actually managed to get rewarded with free flights for a whole year for doing so.
Ashley Cronkhite, a woman from Bradenton, Florida, is certainly planning her future vacations as she was one of the five winners of a contest held by United Airlines.
The American airline came up with the "Your Shot to Fly" sweepstake as an incentive to get people to get vaccinated, but only the airline's loyalty members were able to participate.
The only thing they had to do was upload a photo of their vaccine card to the app and the website and pray to get picked. A total of 30 first-prize winners were chosen, but only 5 were lucky enough to get the grand prize.
While the first group earned a pair of roundtrip tickets to anywhere United Airlines flies, the second was granted the chance of flying anywhere in the world for the next year.
Flying around the world for free? ✈️🌎 A dream-turned-reality for these five grand prize winners. Take a look as Captain CJ shares the good news for the winners of our Your Shot to Fly sweepstakes! pic.twitter.com/erFAgFmfRS— United Airlines (@united) July 29, 2021
Much like the other 4 winners, Cronkhite was over the moon when she was told that she would be able to visit all the places she dreamed of, such as Ireland and Italy.
Scott Kirby, United Airlines CEO, claimed that they were proud to do their part "to encourage more Americans to get their shot" and were thrilled by the overwhelming response that they received. He added:
"This prize clearly struck an emotional chord with our customers, as the opportunity to travel and connect with people and places that matter most is something that clearly has been missed during the pandemic."
INCENTIVE IS KEY
According to United Airlines, over 1 million people entered the contest, and Kirby took the opportunity to thank every single one of them for trying their luck and for making the decision to get vaccinated.
In Michigan, folks are also being encouraged to get their shot against the virus through the "MI Shot To Win" COVID-19 vaccine lottery, having the chance to win $50,000.
NEW: Michigan United Way sending out text message alerts to encourage more people to get vaccinated and then sign up for the MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes, which ends tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/VLh5dtpD4A— Mark Cavitt (@MarkCavitt) July 29, 2021
Recently 10 more Michiganders snatched the prize, with the winnings being part of nearly $5 million in cash prizes and college scholarships as incentives to get people to get vaccinated.
The goal is to achieve a vaccination rate of 70% for those aged 16 and up, but so far, only 63% of the population within that range has received at least one dose of the available vaccines.
Since July 1, when the MI Shot To Win Sweestakes was announced, a total 110,467 Michiganders have received their first vaccine dose.— Mark Cavitt (@MarkCavitt) July 27, 2021
That's 1.3 percent of the state's 16+ population.
During that time, the state's vaccine coverage rate increased from 61.6% to 62.9%.
TWO VACCINES IN ONE DAY
When getting vaccinated, it is very important to follow instructions, especially the period of time between doses. A man by the name of Victor Smith almost died after getting two vaccines within hours.
It was a mix-up for the 91-year-old, who started exhibiting signs of respiratory distress after the second vaccine. Luckily, he received immediate medical attention and made a full recovery.
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