Coronavirus – Gaza: Hamas organizes lottery to persuade citizens to get vaccinated

Coronavirus – Gaza: Hamas organizes lottery to persuade citizens to get vaccinated

In Gauze, if one chooses to vaccinated for coronavirus, can win a significant amount of money: the Hamas, the organization that controls the Palestinian enclave, announced on Monday that it will organize a raffle which will yield to the winners up to 10,000 shekels (approximately 2,600 euros), in an effort to boost vaccinations, due to the increase in cases.

Authorities announced at the same time that vaccination was becoming mandatory for all civil servants, as has already been done in West Bank where a large increase in infections is also recorded, as transmitted by ΑΠΕ ΜΠΕ.

Gaza, home to some 2 million people, half of whom live below the poverty line, has so far only been fully vaccinated. 135,000 people.

Local authorities have received approx 336,000 doses of vaccine, but the inhabitants appear hesitant.

So, to encourage vaccinations, the Hamas Ministry of Health will organize from Wednesday a lottery that will be addressed only to individuals over 55 years: daily, ten vaccinated will be randomly selected and will earn $ 200 each.

In a month the “big draw” will take place and three winners (and vaccinated) will receive 10,000 shekels, according to a ministry spokesman, Ashraf al Contra.

This initiative aims to encourage residents “to save their lives“, He added.

To date, they have been recorded in Gaza 122,520 cases and 1,125 people have died from Covid-19. In the West Bank, with a population of 2.8 million, the number of infections exceeds 204.700 and their deaths 2.500.

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