COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health is crediting the Vax-a-Million campaign for successfully encouraging more Ohioans to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

ODR reported Thursday that among Ohioans 16 and older, the vaccination rate increased by more than 28 percent during the weekend following Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement.

Earlier Thursday, the governor tweeted that around one million entries have been received for the lottery since registration opened on May 18 for those 18 and older.

“This dramatic increase in vaccinations indicates that the Vax-a-Million drawing has been impactful in creating momentum for vaccinations throughout Ohio,” said ODH Director Stephanie McCloud. “Vaccines are our best tool to return to the lives we remember from before the pandemic.”

ODH says that in addition to the one million entries for adults, “tens of thousands of entries have been received for the youth scholarship opportunities.”

The chance to win a full-ride scholarship to an Ohio state college or university is available for vaccine recipients who are 12-17 years old.

Ohioans who have at least started the vaccinated process are urged to visit www.ohiovaxamillion.com or call 833-4-ASK-ODH to register for the drawings.

Who is eligible for the $1 million prize?

Permanent Ohio residents who are 18 and older and have received at least one dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine by the Sunday before the weekly Wednesday drawing are eligible to enter the lottery. The state determines permanent residency using the same requirements that it uses for issuing an Ohio driver’s license or eligibility to vote.

Who is eligible for the full-ride scholarship?

Permanent Ohio residents who are between 12 and 17 and have received at least one dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine by the Sunday before the weekly Wednesday drawing are eligible to enter the lottery.