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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 June 25, 2021

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Terry MacCormack
Terry.MacCormack@mass.gov   

 

      

 

Mass VaxMillions Giveaway Drawing Dates Announced

Prizes Include Five $1 Million Winners; Five College Scholarships

 

BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration and the Massachusetts State Lottery reminded the public that registration for the Massachusetts VaxMillions Giveaway will begin on July 1 and also announced the schedule of drawing dates.

 

Residents age 18 and older who are fully vaccinated prior to each drawing will have the opportunity to enter to win one of five, $1 million cash prizes. Residents between 12-17 years of age who are fully vaccinated prior to each drawing may enter for the chance to win one of five $300,000 scholarship grants.

 

An entry before one of the weekly entry deadlines makes you eligible for all of the weekly drawings that take place after you register.  Residents are reminded that they have time to get vaccinated and then enter the drawings.

 

VaxMillions Giveaway Drawings will be held once a week for five weeks beginning Monday, July 26 and continuing every Monday through August 23. The first drawing for the giveaway will occur on Monday, July 26, with registration for that week’s drawing closing on Thursday, July 22. Winners will be announced later in the week following each drawing. The full schedule of drawing and announcement dates is below. Residents are reminded that some COVID-19 vaccines require two doses, and they must receive all doses before entering the drawing.

 

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Residents must be fully vaccinated before registering, but if they are not vaccinated by the registration date for a certain drawing, they will still have the opportunity to complete vaccination and register for subsequent drawings. Residents will only have to enter once to qualify for all drawings occurring after the date of their registration.

 

Massachusetts residents 18 years of age and older who have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, will have a chance to win one of five, $1 million cash prizes.  

 

Massachusetts residents between 12 and 17 years of age who have received two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will have a chance to win one of five $300,000 scholarship grants via a 529 College Savings Plan managed by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA). Funds in a 529 plan can be applied to cover tuition, room and board, and related expenses at any college, university, or technical or trade school or other post-secondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Winners with a qualifying disability may elect instead to receive an equivalent financial contribution to a special needs trust or federally qualified ABLE account to cover qualified expenses.

 

The Commonwealth launched the Massachusetts VaxMillions giveaway as one of many strategies to increase awareness of the availability and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines and encourage residents to get vaccinated to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe. Beginning July 1, Massachusetts residents will be able to enter the VaxMillions Giveaway online. A call center will be available to support registration for residents who do not have access to the internet or require assistance. Sign up information and call center contact info and hours will be made available prior to July 1.

 

Only lawful, permanent residents of Massachusetts who are fully vaccinated can enter the drawings. Residents must have received their vaccine doses within Massachusetts. Residents must be fully vaccinated prior to submitting their entry. 

 

There are over 900 vaccination locations across the Commonwealth, with appointments and walk ins widely available. Residents seeking a vaccine can visit mass.gov/COVIDVaccine to find a vaccine location that is convenient for them.

 

For more information on the Mass VaxMillions Giveaway, visit mass.gov/VaxMillions.

 

 

 

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Vaccine Clinic – Collaborative Announcement                                                                          

Nashoba Associated Boards of Health would like to announce the opening of the Nashoba Valley/Devens Regional Vaccine Collaborative on 5/12/21 at the Clear Path for Veterans New England building at 84 Antietam St. Devens.

We are grateful for the efforts of the State Representatives and Senators who advocated on behalf of our member communities and we look forward to providing a convenient location for vaccinations in the area.

Those wishing to schedule an appointment for a vaccination can visit https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/, search by Local Board of Health Clinic and look for the Clear Path for Veterans New England/Devens site.    

Nashoba Associated Boards of Health Update

The State of Massachusetts has a plan to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine to the citizens of Massachusetts and that plan can be reviewed at www.mass.gov/covidvaccine.   The Board of Health is assisting with State’s role out plan; we have currently completed first dose clinics to vaccinate First Responders and health care workers.  As a vaccine provider we must administer the vaccine in accordance with the State’s plan and the Board of Health is exploring other options to assist the State with their vaccine roll out plan as vaccine become available from the State.

At the Governor’s press conference on 1/25/21, the Administration announced updates to plans for Phase Two of the Commonwealth’s distribution plan. Individuals 75 years or older will now be the first priority group in Phase Two, and individuals 65 years and older have been moved into the second priority group, in addition to individuals with two comorbidities. Starting on February 1 individuals age 75 or older can be vaccinated. Vaccination sites can be found on the Commonwealth’s map at www.mass.gov/COVIDVaccineMap

The Board of Health will inform the community as we are able to provide vaccinations but individuals looking to get vaccinated should take the following steps in pursuit of becoming vaccinated;

  1. Please visit the State’s website listed above to find out when you would be eligible for receiving the vaccine; the site is updated regularly.
  2. Contact your primary care provider to inquire when they will be administering the vaccine.
  3. Check with your local pharmacy, the large pharmacy chains to see when they will start to administer the vaccine.
  4. Check large throughput sites (www.cic-health.com/vaccine).  Eligibility for receiving the vaccine will be determined through the site.

The Board of Health is exploring options to be a partner in the State’s vaccination program but it is important for citizens to reach out to the locations where they are normally vaccinated to stay informed of their options.

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