MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Get vaccinated? Need a new set of wheels? Why not both?
If you are a resident of Shelby County, getting a shot in the arm could land you in a brand new car.
Yes, you read that right.
During the Tuesday afternoon press conference, Shelby County announced the “Shot for a Shot Sweepstakes.”
“Getting the shot isn’t just your best chance at staying safe and healthy, you’ll also get a shot at winning a brand new vehicle of your choice! There’s a Chevy Camaro, Chevy Colorado, Nissan Rogue, Nissan Altima or any similar vehicle of equal or lesser value up for grabs!” the website said.
The giveaway is open for anyone who is 18 or older at the time of entry. You have until May 31 to enter.
Make sure you hold onto your immunization record card, because they will confirm eligibility with it!
The battle against COVID-19 continues
The sweepstakes comes as the City of Memphis continues to work towards getting more people vaccinated.
Deputy health director David Sweat said right now in Shelby County, there’s an equal number of people who have no antibodies and are susceptible to getting the virus as there are people who have been vaccinated.
“We are in a tug of war moment, a pivotal moment, in the epidemic,” he said. “We have the virus in our presence, the variant virus, which is more transmissible, and equal numbers of people who are susceptible and vaccinated. Right now, we need to keep pushing the tilt the balance of power in our favor and away from the virus.”
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said there are 316,362 people who have gotten at least one dose of a vaccine.
Harris also announced a new COVID community council.
Volunteers include essential workers, high school students, teachers, COVID survivors and more.
The goal is to spread the word during the summer months about the importance of the vaccine, especially in areas with low vaccine uptake.
That group will have their first formal meeting next week.
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With the FDA expected to OK Pfizer for teens soon, Chief Doug McGowen said the county is ready if and when that becomes a reality.
He also remains hopeful that more people will get vaccinated.
Last week, officials announced a new variant strain of COVID-19 was found in the county. As of this meeting, health officials said there have been no new additional ones to report.
While vaccines and vaccination rates continue to make headlines across the world, Chief Epidemiologist David Sweat emphasized testing is still one of the most important parts of fighting the coronavirus.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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