BOSTON — The first of five drawings for the Massachusetts coronavirus vaccine lottery is scheduled for July 26.

State officials announced Friday that additional drawings for either a $1 million prize or a $300,000 college scholarship will be held on the four Mondays following that date through the end of August.

The winners will be announced three days after each drawing. Registration for the Massachusetts VaxMillions Giveaway will begin this upcoming Thursday.

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The lottery is designed to spur more people into getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Already more than 4 million state residents have been fully vaccinated.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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