Anadarko Offering Incentives For Vaccinated Citizens

Tuesday, July 27th 2021, 6:32 pm
By: Hunter McKee

ANADARKO, Oklahoma -

One Central Oklahoma town is now offering money to people who've been vaccinated.

Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn said as COVID-19 continues to spread, they think it will slowly move towards their community and they'd rather be proactive than reactive. 

The city decided to allow anyone who has been vaccinated to have a chance to win money within the next couple of weeks.

"There are people who are hesitant about getting the vaccine for lots of reasons," Corn said. "We just want to give them maybe another reason to go get it."

One person 18 and older will have a chance to win $1,000 and two $500 prizes will be offered to those 12 to 17. According to Corn, around 53% of Caddo County residents have been fully vaccinated.

"We think we've done well," Corn said. "We need to do better; we need to get our numbers up between 75% and 85% and that's our goal."

Corn said COVID can be even more dangerous for small community because they don't have all the health care options that people have in the metro.

"I've had friends pass and then our basketball coach, he was in the hospital for over three months," said Dominique Denton, a local resident.

Those in the community can also get their vaccine shot at Anadarko Public Schools Activity Center the night of the deadline and still qualify.

The city will announce the winners August 6 at 9 a.m. on Facebook Live.