CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced plans Monday for a third round of the Do it for Babydog vaccination sweepstakes, aimed at the five to 18-year-old population.

The four week sweepstakes will include:

  • 25 $10,000 educational savings funds, per week
  • 100 lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, per week
  • One grand prize, each week, of a $50,000 educational savings fund, with the winning student’s school also getting a $50,000 check.
  • In the final week, a $100,000 educational savings fund and $100,000 to the student’s school

Registration for the sweepstakes will start on Tuesday, Nov. 9, with prizes being handed out on Nov. 15 & 29 and Dec. 6 & 13. The program will cost between $2-3 Million, which will come from federal funding, Justice said.

The governor and state health officials also spent time Monday addressing the importance of vaccinations in the state. “We’re still a long ways from being out of the woods. The way we get out of the woods is real simple: We get our population vaccinated,” Justice said. The state needs to get 85 to 90% of its population vaccinated, Dr. Clay Marsh said. At present, 51.7 % of the state’s population is fully vaccinated, according to the DHHR’s coronavirus dashboard.

Officials pushed for residents to get both initial doses and booster shots. Residents can call their local health department or the state’s hotline, 833-734-0965 to find out where vaccines are available.

When asked if people should expect to feel any side effects from receiving a booster shot, Gov. Justice suggested that feeling a little off for a day or so is nothing compared to what patients in the COVID ICU are going through. “Are you kidding me? That would make you hesitate? If you feel funky for a day, so what!” he said.