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Kansas governor offers raffle incentive for COVID-19 vaccine

By: - June 1, 2021 3:58 pm

Gov. Laura Kelly announced Tuesday a raffle with prizes for Kansans who get vaccinated or receive a COVID-19 saliva test. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly announced Tuesday that Kansans could win prizes if they get a COVID-19 vaccine or test.

“The Race to End COVID-19” will raffle off prizes June 4 and 5 at the Kansas Speedway. Participants can enter the raffle by getting a COVID-19 saliva test or the vaccine administered by the University of Kansas Health System or the state health department.

Kelly called on all unvaccinated Kansans to attend the event or get vaccinated elsewhere to enter.

“It is critical to our state’s continued pandemic recovery efforts that every Kansan gets vaccinated,” Kelly said. “The Race to End COVID-19 is a great incentive to curb declines in vaccine demand and encourage Kansans to get tested for and vaccinated against COVID-19.”

Wyandotte County Unified Government, KU Health System, Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Division of Emergency Management are partnered with the Kansas Speedway for the event. The hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 4, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 5.

Prizes include tickets to an upcoming NASCAR race, gift cards and the chance to drive two laps around the racetrack.

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Noah Taborda
Noah Taborda

Noah Taborda started his journalism career in public radio at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri, covering local government and producing an episode of the podcast Show Me The State while earning his bachelor’s degree in radio broadcasting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Noah then made a short move to Kansas City, Missouri, to work at KCUR as an intern on the talk show Central Standard and then in the newsroom, reporting on daily news and feature stories.