ALBANY (WENY) – New York’s NFL teams have partnered up to push a sweepstakes called #VaxAndWin in hopes of inspiring people to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
According to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, the campaign offers multiple different prizes, such as Facetime calls with alumni players, game tickets, special VIP game experiences and signed gear from players from the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants and New York Jets. Along with the sweepstakes will be a series of vaccine encouragement videos and radio messages from alumni players who have received the vaccine themselves.
“As we heard from the players themselves, the best defense is a good offense. New York State has made tremendous progress in vaccinating eligible New Yorkers – but there is still work to be done. As a new football season begins, I am proud to announce this unique vaccine incentive program with all of New York’s professional football teams to continue this work on a new playing field,” Gov. Hochul said. “I thank New York’s teams—the Buffalo Bills, the New York Giants, and the New York Jets—for kicking this creative program off with us, and joining the State in spreading the message on the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. If you’ve been waiting, now is the time to get vaccinated.”
Eligible New Yorkers 18 and older who are vaccinated between Sept. 9 and Oct. 25 can enter. Parents or guardians can enter for their 12 to 17-year-old children.
The first winners will be announced on Sept. 29, with new drawings taking place each week for the next four weeks.
Hochul said the new program expands on the state’s commitment to vaccinating all eligible New Yorkers.
“As we heard about the team efforts, this truly is a team effort for all New Yorkers. And I’m very competitive. I want to win this game,” she said. “I want to beat back COVID. I want to emerge victorious. To me, that’s our Superbowl, beating back COVID, winning our Superbowl as New Yorkers. And if we can get to 90, 95, 100%, there is no stopping us and we’re going to go all the way into the end zone together.”
According to data from the CDC, over 80% of New York adults have received at least one vaccine dose.