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Vaccine pay day success: Summit County Health Department offers gift cards for vaccines

“That's fabulous and if this helps people to get by with an extra $100 dollars and it motivates them to get a shot to save their life - we are thrilled.”

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — If you have not gotten your COVID-19 vaccine yet, Summit County is offering a gift card to get your first dose.

Summit County Public Health announced Monday that it would offer $100 Visa or MasterCard gift cards to any Ohio resident 12 and over, just for getting their shot. To be eligible, you must be getting your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson will be available).

The drive-thru vaccine clinic on August 27th was a success and Ohioans came out and waited in long lines to get their first dose.

“I was supposed to go a concert yesterday but couldn’t because I didn't have my vaccination and I couldn't get a test,” said Akron resident, Adam Bricker. “I'm a Browns ticket holder too so if they start requiring it then I'm going to have to get it.”

3News caught up with other sports fan who agree.

“All the sports lovers should get the vaccine so they can participate in the games,” said Christopher Gammon. “I think it's going to get mandated eventually with employment and everything.”

Summit County Health Commissioner, Donna Skoda said she’s thrilled with the turnout.

“That's fabulous and if this helps people to get by with an extra $100 dollars and it motivates them to get a shot to save their life - we are thrilled," Skoda said. 

According to the Summit County employee, covid-19 cases are climbing exponentially in the area. She says about three weeks ago there were about 100 cases and currently the county is around more than 600 to 700 a week. Additionally, Ohio is seeing daily case numbers comparable to January, which indicates significant spread.

“I'm worried that we need to get people vaccinated and if we don't this virus has the ability to mutate one more time and if it mutates in a way that these vaccines aren’t effective, we are going to be scrambling to get another vaccine.”