LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Today is the last chance for Los Angeles County residents 18 and older to be entered for a chance to win two Los Angeles Lakers season tickets after getting a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
``With millions of residents still needing to get vaccinated, the Department of Public Health Los Angeles Lakers Season Ticket Vaccination Sweepstakes is an exciting opportunity that allows those still not protected to get vaccinated and perhaps be the person who gets to watch the Lakers pursue another championship'' at Staples Center,'' agency officials said.
A list of vaccination sites, and more details about the sweepstakes, is available at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/vaccine/sweepstakes.htm.
The Lakers tickets are just one incentive being offered to lure people into vaccination sites ahead of the state's June 15th lifting of most remaining COVID-19 restrictions.
``Thanks to the generosity of the Lakers and their deep commitment to getting us all safely to the end of the pandemic, a lucky pair will be able to watch live at the Staples Centers all the home Lakers games for this upcoming season,'' county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Thursday in announcing the incentive. ``So this weekend make time to get your vaccine. Not only will you get a lot of added protection, but you may be that lucky person who gets to watch an amazing basketball team pursue another NBA championship.''
On Saturday, a pop-up vaccination clinic at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood offered a chance to win a pair of tickets to see ``Hamilton'' at the theater when it opens Aug. 17, the same day the venue will reopen after being closed for more than a year to curtail the spread of coronavirus.
A number of communities locally and nationally have begun offering incentives in hopes of encouraging people to get vaccinated, with demand for the shots waning in recent weeks.
The city of Long Beach announced that people being vaccinated at its sites would be entered for a chance to win a Nintendo Switch or a two-night stay at a local hotel. Earlier this month the city gave away tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Nationwide, several companies are offering freebies to people who can prove they have been fully vaccinated. These include: -- Krispy Kreme giving away one free donut per day for the rest of 2021 -- Shake Shack giving a free order of Crinkle Cut Fries to vaccinated guests with the purchase of any burger or chicken sandwich at it's standalone stores through June 1 -- Uber and Lyft offering everyone in America free rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination sites from May 24 until July 4.
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