Not all eligible for incentive will get $100 gift card

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Did you get a COVID-19 vaccination or booster but never received a $100 gift card previously promoted by Oneida County through the Boost OC program?

A reader recently contacted the Daily Sentinel and was wondering what happened to the cards, as the program ended, but not everyone received a gift card.

The Daily Sentinel reached out to Oneida County for a little more clarification on the program’s conclusion.

“...From the launch of the program we said that once the federal funding was used up, the program would end,” a county spokesman noted in a statement.

The statement continues, “...$2.5 million from the American Rescue Act was used to launch the program and (Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente) ended up adding another $750,000 in order to get cards to even more residents. More than 32,000 total. While anyone who received a vaccine between July 15, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021 was eligible to receive a gift card while these funds were available, it was never stated that every eligible person would receive one. That being said, we are still working with some people who were having difficulty obtaining and redeeming cards and had reached out to us before the announcement of the program’s close.”

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