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Bolivar residents win vaccine incentives


Two more Polk County residents recently joined a host of locals who have been named winners in the statewide COVID-19 vaccine initiative drawing. 

According to the list of winners on the MO VIP website, found at covidvaccine.mo.gov, Mike Jenkins of Bolivar was one of 20 winners from District 7 to win a $10,000 cash prize in the incentive program’s fourth drawing on Friday, Sept. 24. 

Cooper Cribbs of Bolivar was also one of 20 adolescents, ages 12 to 17, who won an education savings account through the Missouri State Treasurer’s MOST 529 program in the amount of $10,000.  

The winners’ names were announced Wednesday, Oct. 6. 

Previous cash prize winners from Polk County include Michelle Derby of Fair Play, Dorothy Robbins of Fair Grove, Brandon Martinsen of Morrisville and Janice Harris of Bolivar. 

As of press time, Cribbs was the only Polk County student to have won an education savings account.  

According to a news release from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, a total of 637,485 MO VIP entries had been received at the time of the fourth drawing. 

The state’s fifth and final drawing for the program was Friday, Oct. 8, per a news release. The names of the confirmed winners will be announced at MOStopsCovid.com/win on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

The MO VIP incentivized vaccination for those who had not yet been vaccinated, the release stated, and it also provided an opportunity for rewards for the Missourians who had already made the decision to be protected from COVID-19 through vaccination. 

Since the MO VIP launch in July, 57,117 adults, ages 18 and over, were vaccinated and entered the MO VIP for a chance to win, the release stated. In total, 900 individuals will have been named MO VIP winners by the end of the program. 

Official rules, frequently asked questions and a program timeline are available at MOStopsCovid.com/win.