* Ohio’s lottery idea apparently didn’t quite live up to all the hype…
In Ohio, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine created a lottery offering $1 million prizes for vaccinated adults and full-ride college scholarships for children. Ohio’s lottery kicked off a wave of similar incentive lotteries nationally.
DeWine’s May 12 announcement of the state’s Vax-a-Million program had the desired effect, leading to a 43% boost in state vaccination numbers over the previous week. But the impact was short-lived, with vaccinations falling again the following week.
On May 12, 42.29 percent of the state’s population had received at least one dose. As of today, it’s 46.75 percent. 41.5 percent of Ohio’s population is fully vaxed, compared to 44.6 percent of Illinois’ population. Illinois is considering a lottery program as well.
* Heather Cherone at WTTW…
Approximately 60% of White or Asian Chicagoans have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, outpacing Black and Latino Chicagoans who are significantly more likely to contract the virus and suffer severe illness or die, according to city data through Tuesday.
Approximately 36% of Black Chicagoans have gotten the first shot, while approximately 43% of Latino Chicagoans have gotten at least one dose, according to the city’s data.
* Chicago Tribune live blog headlines…
Illinois on Friday to take biggest step yet back to normalcy after more than a year of COVID-19 restrictions
5 Chicago museums will be open late Friday to celebrate city’s reopening
Offices are reopening, but business isn’t rebounding at dry cleaners: ‘It’s kind of a dying service’
Aon Center’s $185 million observatory is delayed again
* How much of the Chicago Bears roster will be fully vaccinated when training camp opens next month? Many remain indecisive.
* ‘It’s going to be a slow process’: Ready or not, Illinois is reopening on Friday
* Chicago restaurant and bar owners rejoice in anticipation of end to capacity limits
* ‘This IS INSANE’: Africa desperately short of COVID vaccine