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WHYY: The results of Philadelphia’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery? ‘Discouraging’

From WHYY: There were more people getting vaccinated in the run-up to the first sweepstakes drawing, but taking all the weeks into consideration, the lottery did not lead to a statistically significant change in the number of people getting vaccinated. The conclusion is that the lottery did not make a significant difference at this point of the pandemic, and that public officials should think about other ways to entice people to get vaccinated. Katy Milkman, a behavioral scientist at the University of Pennsylvania and a co-author of the research, tweeted that the results are “discouraging.” James Garrow, communications director for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, said, “It’s disappointing, we really wanted to be able to identify a good way for folks to be incentivized to take vaccines.” Read the full story at WHYY.  

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