Stage 3, which lifts nearly all restrictions, is set to begin two weeks after 70 per cent of eligible Albertans have received at least a first dose.
All Albertans aged 18 and older are eligible to register for the announced three draws, the first of which will happen on Day 1 of the Stage 3 reopening.
Vaccine lotteries have been announced in Manitoba, Ohio, California and more. Alberta is wanting to get above 70% of their population with their first dose, and they are now at 68% so you would think this stunt should push them over the threshold.
About 68 per cent of eligible Albertans have their first COVID-19 shot and the province estimates that we could hit the 69 per cent mark by the end of the day Monday. "And we saw it drop just right off".
"There always will be some who will never get a vaccine of any kind".
"We really need to push hard to encourage the 15 per cent who want to get vaccinated or are open to it but have not yet gotten around to it".
In a Twitter post, Health Minister Tyler Shandro stated that individuals who want to take part in the lottery will not be required to show proof of vaccination.
More than three-quarters of Alberta's active cases are variants of concern, according to provincial data.
Officials provided details on the Open for Summer vaccination lottery which will provide three lucky winners with one million dollars each. Though, just 3,537 were first doses, which is the lowest number of first doses administered in a single day since February 23.
During a Monday afternoon press conference, Premier Kenney announced that there will be two additional $1 million lotteries available for Albertans over the age of 18 who have received a second dose of vaccine, to be drawn at later dates. Currently, with 60,429 first-dose appointments booked over the next seven days, Alberta is projected to hit the target on Friday, .
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney hopes the $3 million COVID-19 vaccine lottery will get the attention of those who are yet to get the first dose.
Registration for the second and third draws closes on August 24 and September 23.
Draws are also to be held and the victor announced August 31 and September 30 for people who are fully vaccinated.
As of June 12, 3,384,026 doses of the vaccine were administered in Alberta, and 767,586 residents have been fully immunized with two doses.