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Idaho still considering incentives for getting the COVID-19 vaccine

Published: Jun. 11, 2021 at 5:11 PM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — The Department of Health and Welfare is still considering whether vaccine incentives could soon be a reality in the Gem State.

Many other states are offering food and drink vouchers, or tickets to concerts and events.

Some states, including California and Colorado, are offering people a chance to win up to 1 million dollars.

While Idaho is not participating in those incentive programs yet, the idea is not off the table.

Officials with the Department of Health and Welfare say they are working with other states to see how well those incentive programs are working.

“Either incentivize or motivate people to get the vaccination, and then also how do we make it easier, so we use the term we’re casting a broad net because what might work in one area might not work in another, but we definitely want to look at as a statewide perspective what we can do,” said Elke Shaw Tulloch, with the Department of Health and Welfare.

They say 61% of those 12 and up have received one dose of the vaccine, and almost 50% of the state is fully vaccinated.

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