This scheme will incentivise Victorians to get the jab and will run for eight weeks.
The City of Melbourne is keen to get Victorians vaccinated as soon as they can. The Australian Government estimates that 80 per cent of people need to be vaccinated in order to reduce restrictions, stop lockdowns and allow Australians to freely come and go. To drive up the vaccination rate, the City of Melbourne is running an eight week campaign. Starting on Monday August 16, vaccinated Victorians can win prizes, with the total prize pool valued at $100, 000.
What prizes are there?
The first two weeks of the campaign will be promoted through the radio. Ten Melbourne Experience packages worth $5000 will be up for grabs during those first two weeks.
The Melbourne Experience package is designed to create and share wonderful memories in Melbourne. In this package, you will find a $1,250 Emporium voucher, $1,000 Melbourne Central voucher, $250 Endota Spa voucher, $1,000 accommodation voucher, $500 dining voucher, and four Frozen the Musical tickets valued at $1,000.
Then, the campaign will continue on social media. Every day for six weeks, there will be a chance to win a prize valued at $1000. These prizes include vouchers for spending sprees at iconic Melbourne shopping centres like Emporium, Melbourne Central and Queen Vic Market.
“We want to thank and reward Melburnians who have already been vaccinated, and provide those who haven’t with a bit of extra motivation so the city can re-open and stay open,” said Lord Mayor Sally Capp. “I want Melbourne to be the most vaccinated city in Australia because it is the only pathway to confidence.”
Click here to learn more about prizes for vaccinated Victorians.
Victorians aged 18-39 now able to access AstraZeneca
Young Victorians aged between 18 and 39 are able to access the AstraZeneca vaccine from nine mass vaccination hubs from Monday August 9 onwards. This vaccine will also be available at participating GPs. Bookings are essential.
You can get your AstraZeneca vaccine from the following state-run centres:
- Royal Exhibition Building
- Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
- Melbourne Showgrounds
- Sandown Racecourse
- Bayside Shopping Centre, Frankston
- Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, South Morang
- Former Ford Factory, Geelong
- Kilmore District Health (Outpatients Building)
- Mansfield District Hospital (Anderson Hall)
Click here to book a vaccine appointment.
Drive-through vaccine clinic
Meanwhile, Australia’s first drive-through COVID vaccine clinic has opened in Melton. This vaccination hub is operating at a former Bunnings site. Bookings are essential.
Drivers and passengers will be screened for symptoms and eligibility before entering the site. Cars will proceed, in groups of ten, to an identification check-point. Then, they will receive the vaccine and remain in the car for a 15 minute observation period.
“We hope drive-through sites will add a new level of convenience so more Victorians can have safe and easy access to the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Minister for Health Martin Foley.