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Published September 10, 2021
A University of Wyoming student from Cheyenne is the first winner of a weekly $1,000 prize for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in an Albany County vaccination incentive program.
Cole Munari, a senior studying management with minors in economics and honors, won the prize in the program, You Call the Shots, organized by a coalition of community members with the support of local businesses. This is a separate effort from UW’s student vaccination reporting incentive program.
“Winning this drawing was a huge surprise, and an amazing one at that,” says Munari, who received the vaccine due to highly vulnerable family members and for “safety in general for myself and others. As a student who is full time and works in customer service, I wanted to have all aspects of my life protected from the virus that flipped our world upside down.
“I would recommend vaccination for fellow students for the obvious reason of public safety, the movement to a new normal with vaccinations being common, and allowing for our community to move forward,” Munari adds. “More vaccinations and reporting can help facilitate our university to get back to what college was when I started my freshman year.”
You Call the Shots offers weekly raffles and other prizes of up to $2,500 for local residents to roll up their sleeves and make Laramie a safer place to work and live. Albany County residents 12 and older can register to be part of the drawings at https://cityoflaramie.org/1185/Vaccine-Project.
Every Monday through Oct. 4, there will be one weekly drawing for a $1,000 cash award. Multiple grand prize packages, including a $2,500 cash prize, will be awarded in October. Entries are open to Albany County residents who have received their first vaccine shots. The full course of vaccination is required in order to redeem prizes; winners will be required to show proof of vaccination. Prize winners will be announced on social media every Friday following the weekly drawings.
Additionally, while supplies last, $25 gift cards will be given to those who receive the vaccine at the time of vaccination at these locations: Albany Community Health Clinic, Grand Avenue Urgent Care, Ivinson Medical Group, Pole Mountain Pharmacy, Ridley’s, Stitches Acute Care and Walmart.
Partners in You Call the Shots are Albany County Public Health, the city of Laramie, the Downtown Clinic, Downtown Laramie, Ivinson Memorial Hospital, the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance, United Way of Albany County, UW and Wyoming 2-1-1.