December 22, 2021
Boost OC Vaccine Incentive Program Ending Dec. 31
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that the Boost OC vaccination incentive program will not be issuing gift cards to those who are vaccinated or receive a booster shot after December 31, 2021.
Any Oneida County resident who received a COVID-19 vaccine or booster between July 15, 2021, and the announced end date of December 31, 2021, is still eligible to receive a $100 gift card. Additional funding is being added to help cover those individuals.
“The Boost OC program has been a success in increasing vaccination and booster rates among the residents of Oneida County,” Picente said. “It has also provided a tremendous lift to the businesses and organizations who participated, with more than $2 million being redeemed so far. There are still many eligible residents yet to claim their funds, so that amount will continue to grow. I thank everyone who has done their part to get vaccinated and helped to secure the health and safety of our community.”
The Boost OC program was launched in September using $2.5 million in federal funds that was made available through the American Rescue Act. To date, more than 50,000 gift cards have been issued to county residents and more than 22,000 have been redeemed. Gift cards will continue to be issued to those eligible until all the allocated funds are used.
Eligible residents are contacted via text or email by the county’s program partner Prizeout with redemption instructions. Individuals can then apply their $100 e-gift to 80 different local businesses and organizations. Those without the ability to redeem by smart phone, or do so online, are mailed physical $100 gift cards.
Those requiring assistance obtaining their gift card can call the county at 315-798-5431. Those who have received a message from Prizeout, and are having technical issues activating or redeeming their e-gift card, should email Prizeout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for more information on the program, frequently asked questions and a visual representation of the e-card redemption process.