DOD COVID-19 vaccine recipients still not entered in Colorado’s $1 million sweepstakes

Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 10:30 PM MDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 10:38 PM MDT
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DENVER (KKTV) - Unfortunately, anyone who received a COVID-19 vaccine through the Department of Defense (DOD) will not be eligible for the second $1 million sweepstakes drawings in Colorado through “Colorado Comeback Cash.”

The first drawing already happened and DOD vaccine recipients weren’t entered in that one either.

11 News learned soon after the announcement of the sweepstakes that the Department of Veterans Affairs and the DOD did not originally report vaccine information to the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS). People have to be in the CIIS in order to be eligible for the upcoming sweepstakes drawings. The Colorado State Joint Information Center confirmed with 11 News on Wednesday that they were still working on sorting the situation out. They were able to get the data from the VA.

It isn’t clear if the issue will be sorted out in time for the third of five drawings.

The following statement was sent to 11 News from the Colorado State Join Information Center Wednesday night:

“The Veteran’s Administration is providing data before every drawing and individuals vaccinated through that entity are included in all of our drawings. We are continuing to work with the Department of Defense to include individuals vaccinated through that entity in upcoming drawings. We have not yet received data from them but the rules are written in a way that we can include them in future drawings if we receive the information. We will continue to work with the DoD because we want to make sure those vaccinated by the DoD have the chance to win the drawing.”

Anyone who got their vaccine through the VA still won’t show up in the CIIS portal, but officials with the state say they are still entered in the drawing.

For more on the sweepstakes, click here.

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