New York is awarding 50 full college scholarships to COVID-vaccinated teenagers.

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New York is awarding 50 full college scholarships to COVID-vaccinated teenagers.

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced on Wednesday that 50 complete college scholarships will be given to vaccinated New York teenagers aged 12 to 17. The winners of five weekly raffles will be picked at random and will receive financing for four years of tuition, lodging and board, books, and supplies.

“If you receive the vaccine sooner, you’ll have a better chance of winning because you’ll be in the first-week pool, the second-week pool, the third-week pool, the fourth-week pool, and so on,” Cuomo said during a press conference on Wednesday.

According to the Associated Press, teens who have received at least one dose of the vaccination since May 12 will be allowed to register. There is no word on when pool applications will be available, but consumers can sign up for email alerts on the New York State website.

New York has also been giving out scratch tickets for a $5 million lottery prize to anyone who obtain immunization doses at 10 particular sites across the state as part of a program that began Monday and ends Friday.

See more from the Associated Press below for more information on this subject.

In the seven days leading up to Tuesday, New York delivered 788,145 dosages. This is down from slightly over one million in the seven days ended May 11th.

According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 45 percent of New York’s 20 million citizens are completely vaccinated, compared to a national average of 39.5 percent.

According to state health data released by Cuomo, just around 8.7% of people aged 12 to 17 have been properly vaccinated so far. This compares to 37.5 percent of young adults under 25, half of those aged 35-54, and 69.5 percent of those aged 75 and up.

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