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Distemper crew, including producer Craig Blair, writer Maxwell Pitagno, actors Chiké Okonkwo and Abigail Hawk, and director Elias Plagianos along with Elisa DiStefano of News 12 Long Island. (Photo by Dave Costantini)

In an effort to encourage anyone who has been reluctant to get their Covid-19 vaccine to finally roll up their sleeves, Suffolk County officials announced June 15 that those who get vaccinated will be entered to win tickets to the North Fork TV Festival.

Residents who get vaccinated at one of the county-run vaccine sites will automatically be entered into a raffle for movie showings and events during the sixth-annual festival in Greenport, which runs from August 4 to 6.

Donna Drake interviewing Ups and Downs’ writer and director, Eoin Cleland. (Photo by Phil Firetog)

“In Suffolk County we are getting creative to give our residents who may be a little hesitant the nudge they need to keep our communities safe and healthy,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “By getting vaccinated at a County site, not only are you protecting yourself and your loved ones, now you will have the chance to score tickets to this world-class event.”

Five pairs of tickets will be reserved for randomly selected participants. Winners must be older than 18.

M’s director, Javier Devitt, and actors Alena Chinault and Jon McCormick. (Photo by Phil Firetog)

To date, more than 846,000 Suffolk County residents have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. The county is also offering vouchers for beer, wine, and spirits to those who get vaccinated, with a number of East End establishments participating.

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