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Let the vax lottery begin!

Monday, June 21, 2021

Dear Editor,

By far, Jamaica's response to the handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic has been impressive and the proactive policies of the Ministry of Health have been commendable.

Undoubtedly the curfews and other policies have helped to curb the spread of this deadly disease.

Unfortunately, Jamaicans are largely sceptical of the vaccine and as such the vaccination blitzes planned by the ministry have still left a lot of people unvaccinated.

I have seen countries that have forced members of its population to vaccinate. Though I don't agree with this dominant approach, I think that there should be steps implemented to encourage more people to protect themselves by way of vaccines.

Imagine, then, my delight when I read in your newspaper that gaming provider Supreme Ventures is set to introduce a vaccination lottery. This is not unprecedented, I see where in Antigua the Government has introduced the same. This exciting channel will help to influence more people to get vaccinated while vying for a chance to win big cash prizes weekly.

I am happy with this forward-thinking approach and pray that it will be embraced by Jamaicans.

Sharie Lee

shar.silvie@gmail.com