Vaccination lottery idea cancelled by Latvian government

On Tuesday, August 31, the Cabinet decided to withdraw the draft law on the Vaccination lottery submitted to the Saeima.

On July 30, the government supported the draft Law on the Vaccination lottery, which intended to draw money awards among residents who have vaccinated against Covid-19.

However, "as a result of the political debate of ministers, it was decided to withdraw the draft law" submitted to the Saeima Bureau, according to the letter accompanying the report.

On August 4, the Saeima excluded viewing of the Vaccination lottery Law in parliament from the agenda. The Ministry of Health decided to temporarily postpone this draft due to differing views of the coalition partners, because the coalition did not have sufficient support.

The intention initially supported by the government was to organize a lottery with a total prize fund of €720 000 among people who had been vaccinated against Covid-19. Overall, the vaccination lottery would have needed €1.218 million from the budget, of which €498,000 was planned for organizational costs.

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