The Petersburg Borough will be giving away $10,000 in cash drawings in June to residents vaccinated against Covid-19. The free incentive program comes from a state grant as part of its Sleeves Up Alaska campaign. As of Wednesday, Petersburg had a 62 percent vaccination rate for residents 12 years and older, according to state records.

States throughout the country are starting incentive programs to encourage vaccinations. One of the largest ones is in Ohio, which will be holding five $1 million drawings plus giving away four-year college scholarships to teenagers.

The State of Alaska is offering these smaller grants to communities to disperse themselves.

In Petersburg, the incentive grant is being managed by the borough’s Emergency Operations Center. Karl Hagerman is the EOC Commander. He spoke with KFSK’s Angela Denning about the drawings, which anyone who is vaccinated can enter for free.

There will be three $500 cash drawings on each Friday in June— June 4, 11, 18 and 25. Then there will be a $4,000 grand prize drawing on June 28. Anyone vaccinated can enter for free. Winners will be announced on KFSK the following Monday. That will give organizers time to contact the winners and verify their information.

Here is a link to enter the drawings. Or people can turn in physical entry forms at the public library or at the public health office.

Petersburg Medical Center is still giving out free COVID vaccinations to people 12 years and older. To schedule a vaccine, call 772-5545 or sign up here. As soon as people get their first shot they can enter the drawings.