Melbourne’s Lord Mayor says the city is exploring incentive programs to get Victorians vaccinated, with the potential for a lottery system with prizes such as shopping sprees for those who have had the jab.
Cr Sally Capp said she believed the city should have “a proactive role to play in getting people incentivised to get vaccinated”, with the Melbourne City Council to consider the incentive programs at a Tuesday committee meeting.
“I know many private sector organisations are doing the same thing so let’s get excited about this and let’s make sure we keep that momentum going, even as the city reopens,” she told radio station 3AW earlier this morning.
“We’ve got some fantastic offers in the city, everything from a retail spending spree through to entertainment and culture, hospitality and accommodation, so we’re going to be looking at the most incredible package to make it completely compelling for people to get involved and get vaccinated.
“It’s just about encouraging people to get vaccinated, it could work like a lottery as we’ve seen in many other cities around the world.”
During May, the US state of Ohio started a vaccination lottery offering $US1 million in five, rolling lotteries. There’s was a 49 per cent increase in vaccinations among people over the age of 16 since the announcement.