JACKSON, Wyo. — The Teton County Health Department (TCHD) launched yesterday a campaign to encourage community members to get vaccinated against COVID-19. With the campaign, Shots for Swag, TCHD aims to vaccinate 80 percent of the community with at least the first dose by the week of July 26, 2021.
The campaign will have six weekly drawings beginning the week of June 14, 2021, ending with a grand prize drawing the week of July 26, 2021. Anyone who lives or works in Teton County, Wyoming, and has received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, can enter.
Weekly prizes include gift cards to restaurants, retail stores and local services, shirts, hats, outerwear, home accessories, horseback riding, raft trips and one large weekly prize donated from local businesses.
Teton County Health Director, Jodie Pond, MPH, explained how herd immunity through vaccinations will allow the community to return to the activities and traditions of pre-pandemic life.
“We want people to get back to the activities that they love while protecting their friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors by being vaccinated against COVID-19. We hope many in our community will get vaccinated and sign up for a chance to win great prizes,” said Pond.
Current statistics indicate that 65% 0f Teton County’s population is vaccinated against COVID-19. However, the state at large reflects some of the lowest vaccination numbers in the U.S. Out of the 581,000 residents in Wyoming, only 36.9% have received their first vaccine dose. Meanwhile, the state of Vermont, with a comparable population to Wyoming, reports that 70.7.% of their population has received its first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.