Prizes Include Game Tickets, Special In-Game Experiences, Signed Gear and More From the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants and New
All New Yorkers Who Receive Their First Covid-19 Vaccine September 9 to October 24 are Eligible; Parents and Guardians Can Enter for New Yorkers Ages 12-17 Years Old
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the third-round winners of New York State's #VaxandWin Football Sweepstakes - an incentive program designed to encourage unvaccinated New Yorkers to get vaccinated in partnership with New York's professional football teams. The prizes for winners include game tickets, special in-game experiences, stadium tours, signed gear, FaceTime calls with alumni players, and more from the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, and New York Jets. New York State is administering the random drawings and new winners are selected each week over five weeks total. Two drawings remain after this week. All New Yorkers who receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose September 9, 2021 - October 24, 2021 are eligible. Parents and guardians can enter for school-aged New Yorkers 12-17 years old here.
As part of these efforts, the State has also launched an integrated media campaign with each team, including vaccine encouragement videos with alumni players who have each received the COVID-19 vaccine themselves. The first two videos—featuring Bruce Smith, Hall of Fame Defensive End of the Buffalo Bills and Carl Banks, two-time Superbowl Champion of the New York Giants—are available for all New Yorkers to view here and here, respectively.
"Our #VaxandWin Football Sweepstakes celebrates New Yorkers who step up to get vaccinated," Governor Hochul said. "In partnership with all of New York's professional football teams, our new vaccine encouragement videos will reach New Yorkers of all ages in new ways - utilizing messengers New Yorkers look up to and trust. I congratulate our third-round winners, and I thank New York's football teams for lending their platforms and voices to this critical effort and joining the State in encouraging all eligible New Yorkers to get vaccinated."
The third-round winners are:
Buffalo Bills Prizes:
Alexander Gentile, Niagara County
Darius Walker, Monroe County
Shawn Pope, Wyoming County
Jorge Quiros, Erie County
Thomas Lucas, Ontario County
Joseph Groom, Erie County
Nichole Cammarata, Erie County
New York Giants Prizes:
Christine Jimenez, Queens County
New York Jets Prizes:
Amanda Porter, Greene County
Remilekin Olanipekun, Kings County
Nastasia Thomas, Bronx County
James Zarcone, Suffolk County
Makayla Slane, Rensselaer County
The New York State Department of Health has verified the vaccination status of winners.
New Yorkers can visit vaccines.gov, text their ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find a nearby vaccine location and get vaccinated against COVID-19 today.