Kyabram Free Press

Million reasons to get jab

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One lucky Australian will win $1 million, just for receiving a COVID-19 vaccinatio­n.

The Million Dollar Vax campaign was launched last week, a privately funded initiative to encourage people to join the double-vaccinated members of the Australian population.

Focused on accelerati­ng Australia’s vaccinatio­n program throughout October, the Million Dollar Vax will see $4.1 million worth of prizes given away.

This includes 100 daily $1000 gift cards in addition to the ultimate prize of $1,000,000 cash drawn on November 5.

The campaign has been created by the Million Dollar Vax Alliance, a group of generous philanthro­pists and corporatio­ns with the aim to drive vaccinatio­n rates above 80 per cent nationally as quickly as possible.

Million Dollar Vax Alliance member Craig Winkler said it was not the idea of the promotion to convince people to be vaccinated.

"That’s a decision you should make in consultati­on with a health profession­al," Mr Winkler said.

"The promotion simply seeks to reward people who decide to be vaccinated now rather than waiting, so that we can reduce the community impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The aim is to accelerate Australia’s COVID-19 vaccinatio­n program in a safe way throughout the month of October.

"The faster we reach higher vaccinatio­n rates nationally, higher than 80 per cent, the sooner we all can safely resume our full range of community and business activity.”

Philanthro­py Australia chief executive Jack Heath said The Million Dollar Vax campaign was strategic philanthro­py in action — a collaborat­ive, targeted interventi­on that would save lives, ease the burden on healthcare workers and benefit the wider community.

The Million Dollar Vax has been inspired by the successful Ohio "Vax-a-million" campaign in the United States, which is estimated to have saved more than $60 million in averted healthcare costs and contribute­d to an increase in vaccine take-up.

All Australian­s aged 18 and over are eligible to enter, with those already vaccinated still eligible to win, provided both vaccinatio­ns have been received by six weeks after October 31, 2021.

To enter Million Dollar Vax, visit www.milliondol­larvax.com

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