FILE - Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced on June 1 that Albertans could start booking second dose shots of the COVID-19 vaccine starting. (Photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

FILE - Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced on June 1 that Albertans could start booking second dose shots of the COVID-19 vaccine starting. (Photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

‘Open for Summer Lottery’ announced for Albertans who get first dose

Details on how to register coming June 14

The new provincewide Open for Summer Lottery will give every Albertan aged 18 and older who gets vaccinated a chance to win $1 million.

Alberta residents over the age of 18 who have received at least one dose of vaccine can register to be entered in the draw for prize.

Details on how to register will be announced on June 14.

Registration will close one week after 70 per cent of eligible Albertans have received a first dose. The winner will be drawn when Stage 3 of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan begins.

“This lottery will help us cross that 70 per cent threshold so we can reopen and stay open,” said Premier Jason Kenney in a statement.

“Albertans have already responded in such a big way to our vaccine program and we’ve been able to lift many health restrictions because of their efforts. We just need one final push so we can lift them all and get back to normal. If you’ve been waiting to book or you’ve been looking for a reason to get the shot, here it is.”

More than 68.5 per cent of eligible Albertans have received their first dose, including 19.2 per cent who are fully vaccinated with two doses.

As of June 12, there are 64,535 appointments booked over the next seven days for first doses. Currently, Alberta is projected to hit the 70 per cent milestone and start the two-week countdown to Stage 3 of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan on June 18.

“The arrival and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccines in our province have accomplished extraordinary things,” said Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

“It’s only fitting that we respond in kind with a once-in-a-lifetime event in Alberta. This lottery is an investment in Albertans and our province’s economic future. I am confident that we will see that final upswing in vaccinations to take us across that finish line to widespread immunity.”

To book a COVID-19 vaccine, visit alberta.ca/vaccine to find available appointments with AHS or participating pharmacies across the province. Select locations are offering walk-in clinics for first doses.



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