204 winners in second Vax Nevada Days giveaway

204 winners in second Vax Nevada Days giveaway
Recent Carson High School graduate Chloe H. won $50,000 in Vax Nevada Days on July 15, 2021. Image: David Calvert / Courtesy Immunize Nevada

LAKE TAHOE–The second round of winners in Vax Nevada Days, the state’s sweepstakes to incentivize COVID-19 vaccinations, were announced on Thursday via a KOLO-TV livestream from Sand Harbor State Park.

The names of 22 of the nights’ 204 winners were announced, with prize recipients hailing from Reno, Minden, Carson City, Fallon, Las Vegas and Henderson. Carson City resident Chloe H., a recent graduate of Carson High School, won the night’s biggest prize—$50,000 cash.

As Sisolak began announcing winners—which he giddily said was like announcing the Oscars—anti-vaccine protesters could be heard using a bullhorn to disrupt the event. Sisolak spoke louder.

“It never stops,” he said, before welcoming Reno teen Jonah H. up to accept his prize, a $20,000 college savings plan. Sisolak reiterated during the awards that the vaccines are safe and effective, and that the giveaway was all about “encouraging Nevadans to seek this lifesaving treatment.”

An Associated Press analysis published in late June found that more than 99% of COVID-19 deaths are now in unvaccinated individuals.

Gov. Steve Sisolak gave a brief update on the state’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts to date, which last week included an increase of 2% of Nevadans getting their first dose of vaccine. He added that state immunization partners have been meeting with FEMA officials throughout the week, and FEMA will begin vaccination operations in southern Nevada over the weekend.

Sand Harbor was chosen as the location for the giveaway to promote Nevada’s State Parks. Nearly 500 annual passes to state parks are included in the list of Vax Nevada Days prizes.

The next giveaway night is Thursday, July 22. For more information on the giveaway visit https://www.vaxnevadadays.org/. To find a vaccine location visit nvcovidfighter.org or call 1-800-401-0946 any day between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

July 15 named winners

Six winners of $5,000 college savings plans to be used for any post-secondary education: 

  • Vanetria M. from Las Vegas  
  • Ethan A. from Las Vegas  
  • Langdon I. from Reno 
  • Steven M. from Fallon 
  • Samuel R. from Las Vegas 
  • Jaeden B. from Las Vegas  

Three winners of $20,000 college savings plans to be used for any post-secondary education: 

  • Bernardo L. from Las Vegas 
  • Kyle M. from Clark County 
  • Jonah H. from Reno  

One winner of a $50,000 college savings plan to be used for any post-secondary education: 

  • Hunter M. from Las Vegas 

Eight  $1,000 cash prize winners: 

  • Sue D. from Las Vegas  
  • Theresa W. from Reno  
  • Madisen R. from Reno  
  • Wendy P. from Las Vegas  
  • Charles W. from Henderson  
  • Darryl L. from Minden  
  • Dana V. from Minden  
  • Hannah L. from Las Vegas 

Three $25,000 cash prize winners: 

  • Rosemarie V. from Las Vegas  
  • Beverly R. from Las Vegas  
  • Jacquelin C. from Carson City 

One $50,000 cash prize winner: 

  • Chloe H. from Carson City