WORCESTER (CBS) — Antonia Porcalatis admits it has taken some convincing to finally get the vaccine.
“Stories of people being sick, and people dying because of the shot. But it’s all a myth,” said Procalatis.READ MORE: Service Resumes On Green Line Hours After Trains Crash In Boston
She took advantage of a free COVID clinic being offered in the city of Worcester, and now plans to take advantage of the state’s new vaccine lottery.
“As soon as I get home,” said Porcalatis when asked if she’ll now register.
“It’s a shame it has to come to that, to pay you to protect yourself,” said Richard Gonzalez outside the Worcester clinic.
But Andrea Sivakova, a clinic volunteer and EMT, sees it as a great incentive.
“We’ve been doing a bunch of vaccine clinics and we’re not seeing that many numbers. So if this does help, then definitely recommend it,” she said.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Bicyclist Hit And Killed By Pickup Truck In Ipswich
In Worcester, at least 40 percent of the residents have not been vaccinated, a much lower number in black and latino communities.
City leaders have started a new push.
“We are not done with the coronavirus and the coronavirus is not done with us,” said Worcester city manager Edward Augustus.
Officials are particularly concerned about the new delta variant among the unvaccinated since they say it is highly transmissible.
It if takes a lottery to generate interest Dr. Michael Hirsh with UMass Medical Center says any port in a storm.
“If we can get somebody more interested in vaccination by dangling the possibility of a million dollar prize, then I’m all for it,” said Dr. Hirsh.
There will be five million dollar drawings for people 18 and older, and five $300,000 scholarships for those 12 to 17.MORE NEWS: 'People Were Thrown On The Floor': 25 Injured After Green Line Trains Crash In Boston
The first drawing is July 26 and registration is open until July 22.