Wendell Board of Health News: Mass Vax Millions, delta variant, Mass Notify


**“Mass Vax Millions” Vaccine Lottery Program:** The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is launching this program to encourage Massachusetts residents and their families to get vaccinated. Registration will open on July 1. Only lawful permanent residents who are fully vaccinated can apply. Adults must have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. All doses must have been administered in Massachusetts.

Residents 18 and older who qualify will have a chance to win one of five $1 million cash prizes. Those ages 12 -17 who received two doses of Pfizer (the only vaccine currently approved for this group) will have a chance to win one of five $300,000 college scholarship grants.

Drawings will be held once a week for five weeks starting the week of Monday, July 26, through the week ending Friday, August 27. You may only register ONCE . If you register for week 1 and do not win, your registration continues for the following weeks, so your chances improve the sooner you register. Sign up information for online registration and call center contact information will be made available prior to July 1. For more information, visit [https://www.mass.gov/VaxMillions](https://www.mass.gov/VaxMillions).

**COVID-19 Delta variant:** This variant, which has caused tremendous loss of life in India, now accounts for about 10% of new cases in the U.S. It is spreading rapidly and is expected to become the dominant strain by fall. This variant is more transmissible than those previous and is twice as likely to require hospitalization. Research is showing that vaccines are highly effective in preventing infection. Unvaccinated people, especially children not old enough to be vaccinated yet, should wear masks when inside public places or around other unvaccinated people. If you are not vaccinated, please get your vaccine as soon as possible. And you just might win big money!!

**Mass Notify:** This is a new free smartphone service that people in Massachusetts can voluntarily use to let others know that they have been exposed to COVID-19. Similar alerts are being used in 28 other states and over 35 countries. Developed in conjunction with Apple and Google, Mass Notify can be enabled on an iPhone or Android phone in seconds. The technology works anonymously and does not track location or divulge personal information. It can provide valuable awareness to help prevent future COVID transmission. For more information on how it works and directions for enabling on a phone, visit [https://www.mass.gov/massnotify](https://www.mass.gov/massnotify).

We hope you have a great summer!

Barbara Craddock for the Wendell Board of Health