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From a chance to win the lottery to grocery discounts, Wisconsinites who have yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are able to get incentives for getting the shot in the arm.

Bright Mind Enrichment and Schooling (BME) Senior Writer Neil Kleven of Milwaukee has played a key role in the development of a smartphone application and web platform that brings together more than $168 million in nationwide incentives that people can get if they get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The app features an interactive map and framework that allows searching by location, provides estimated dollar values per reward, and lets users click directly to rewarding companies’ websites.

“There are a lot of people out there who are unaware of the plethora of incentives available,” said Bright Mind Enrichment and Schooling (BME) Senior Writer Neil Kleven of Milwaukee who was central to outreach for the Vaccination Rewards project. “I wanted to use my creative abilities to create content to promote the app and platform. I truly hope the word gets out about our service.”

The Vaccination Rewards platform aggregates all private and public offers and promotions on the Google Play App Store through the Vaccine Rewards App and through the vaccinationrewards.org website.

Incentives can range from $10 off coupons to Meijer stores in Wisconsin or free tickets to a Chicago music series in Illinois.

The incentives app and website were created by volunteers and is maintained by volunteers, with the ultimate goal of reaching the 70% vaccinated mark nationwide—a target President Joe Biden had hoped to reach by July 4.

In Rock County, 49.9% of residents have received at least one dose of vaccine and 46.9% of residents have completed vaccination, according to Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) data.

Weekly vaccination rates in Rock County peaked the week of April 4 as 9,810 doses were administered.

Since then, vaccinations have dropped to 1,398 weekly doses in the county as of the week of July 4, DHS data shows.

The downward trend in vaccinations is also reflected across Wisconsin and countrywide. In Wisconsin, 50.8% of residents have received one dose and 48% have completed vaccination. Vaccine rates also peaked the week of April 4 in Wisconsin as 428,303 doses were administered. The most recent week available shows that 36,247 doses were administered over the July 4 weekly reporting period, per DHS data.

Nationwide, 55.5% of residents have received at least one dose and 48% have completed vaccination, CDC data shows.

To find a list of incentives by state, visit www.vaccinationrewards.org.

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