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Chicago Mayor Runs Bizarre Vaccination Campaign With $826 Cash Prize

‘This Pile Could Be Yours’: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is mercilessly ridiculed for hosting a bizarre home vaccination raffle with a very random $826 cash prize

  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot posted a photo of herself with $826 in cash on the floor on Thursday night that read “Get Vax’d” to promote a vaccine contest
  • Residents were encouraged to make a home appointment with the city’s health ministry to be eligible for a raffle to win the cash prize
  • Lightfoot and the program were immediately mocked online for its bizarre presentation and arbitrary prize amount
  • The program mirrors the New York City program launched over the summer, where those vaccinated won $100



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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been ruthlessly mocked for posting a bizarre photo of herself with cash on the floor Thursday night that read “Get Vax’d” on Twitter as a way to promote the city’s new vaccine campaign.

The odd photo, posted to Twitter, shows Lightfoot standing next to the $826 total of cash with the caption, “The message is clear. Get vaccinated from the comfort of your home and this pile can be yours.”

The “Get Vax’d” message consisted of 41 $20 bills, a $5 bill, and a $1 bill for the apostrophe.

The mayor’s strange message is intended to encourage Chicago residents to call the city’s Department of Health to make a home appointment for a vaccine and enter a raffle to win the money.

However, the post was immediately criticized online as people mocked the cash incentive for the vaccine and compared Lightfoot’s appearance in the photo to that of a comic book villain.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot posted a bizarre promotion for the city's new vaccine program, with those who get vaccinated with the Department of Health enter a raffle for $826

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot posted a bizarre promotion for the city’s new vaccine program, with those who get vaccinated with the Department of Health enter a raffle for $826

A Twitter user named Evan V was one of several who shared a photo of Lightfoot photoshopped into the Batman villain, The Riddler, with the cash prize spelled “Get The Bat” instead.

Many online were also quick to point out the bizarre amount for the cash prize, mocking the single dollar bill used as the apostrophe in Lightfoot’s photo.

One Twitter user with the MoralityCode handle wrote, “Lori, I have to ask… why the one random dollar bill?”

Another Twitter user by the name of Mister Haledaddy expressed his bewilderment at how the strange cash prize campaign came about, writing, “Someone thought this was a good idea. Then other people thought it was too. Then they actually did it. Then they looked at their product and again thought this was a great idea. Then they published it. This here is a clear case of groupthink, isn’t it?’

Another user by the name of Edonk also mocked Lightfoot’s post, tweeting, “This is the most bizarre way to get ppl vaccinated. “This pile.”

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Many were quick to mock Lightfoot's post, wondering why the city chose to raffle a cash prize for the vaccine

Many were quick to mock Lightfoot's post, wondering why the city chose to raffle a cash prize for the vaccine

Many were quick to mock Lightfoot’s post, wondering why the city chose to raffle a cash prize for the vaccine

Lightfoot’s post comes as the city tries to fight the spread of Omicron, with the city reporting 1,543 cases in the past day, according to the Chicago Department of Health.

The city also saw 137 hospitalizations and 18 deaths on Thursday. 30,196 tests were performed that day with a positivity score of 6.8 percent.

About 66 percent of those eligible for the vaccine have been fully vaccinated in Chicago, and nearly 75 percent have received at least one shot.

The Chicago Department of Health has not publicly explained the new vaccine program and has not immediately responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

The cash incentive mirrors the programs being run in New York City, where those eligible for the vaccine who received the shot were awarded $100.

New York State also ran an incentive program in November called Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate, in which 50 vaccinated children were selected to receive a scholarship to a two- or four-year public college or university in New York State.

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1643399529 140 Chicago Mayor Runs Bizarre Vaccination Campaign With 826 Cash Prize

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