Free flights, accommodation and fuel will be offered to some Australians who get vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Qantas is offering incentives to Australians over 18 who have received their COVID-19 vaccines
- CEO Alan Joyce says company has vested interest in successful vaccination rollout
- Other small businesses and programs aim to encourage people to get vaccinated
In an attempt to increase vaccination rates, Qantas has launched a nationwide campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated.
By the end of the year, Australians aged 18 and over who are fully vaccinated can participate in what the airline has called a “mega raffle.”
Ten people will gain one year of flights to 60 destinations (including overseas destinations), free accommodation (345 different hotels participating) and free fuel.
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the vaccine rollout would help break the cycle of lockdowns and get people back to work.
“The impact of the pandemic on the travel industry and members of our own Qantas Group team means that we have a vested interest in the successful deployment of the vaccine,” he said.
“For us, increasing the immunization rate to 70 and 80 percent means thousands of people can go back to work.”
The announcement comes after Qantas said its cabin crew, pilots and airport workers should be fully immunized by November.
In a staff survey, around 4 percent of workers told Qantas that they did not want or could not get the vaccine.
“People who have medical exemptions, we will find alternative mechanisms to deal with this,” Joyce told the ABC.
“For people who don’t want to be vaccinated, we think aviation is not the industry for them.
“We are flying from hot spots to regional communities, to vulnerable communities, and I think it’s an expectation of those communities that we put the protections in place.”
Incentives for every Qantas flyer
While only 10 people will win the mega raffle, Qantas will be offering a prize for each fully vaccinated Australian.
Anyone aged 18 and over can choose their own gift from the airline.
Options include 1,000 Qantas Points, 15 Status Credits (which help frequent travelers increase their status), or a $ 20 discount on flights for Qantas or Jetstar.
To access the offers, Australians must download the Qantas app and upload their digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate (via Medicare) and select their reward.
Qantas said a person’s vaccination certificate will be removed once verified.
Mr Joyce said Australians only need to look abroad to see how vaccines have changed the way people live their lives.
“I was talking to our colleagues at European airlines; some of them are almost back to pre-COVID levels,” he said.
“So we know that the countries ahead of us in the vaccine rollout are seeing life returning to normal and people are starting to have the normal activities they had before COVID. This is a good sign for us.”
There have been several foreign companies that have already offered incentives to people who get vaccinated with the aim of increasing the vaccination rate.
In Australia, small, targeted programs have been launched to encourage people to get vaccinated.
They include a Victorian pub which offered free beer to patrons and cash to Central Land Council staff in the Northern Territory.
The federal job wants the government to offer $ 300 to anyone who gets vaccinated, but the Prime Minister has rejected the idea.
Thirty percent of Australians over 16 are now fully vaccinated and federal, state and territorial governments want that number to rise to 80%.
Mr Joyce also weighed in on the growing reluctance of some states to reopen once 80% of the population is vaccinated.
He said states must give people hope that there is a way out of pandemic restrictions.
“I think there would be a big backlash if people could maybe even go to London and visit relatives there but couldn’t go to Perth to visit relatives,” he said. he declares.
“I don’t think that’s what you expect, and I would say to prime ministers, ‘If getting to 70 percent or 80 percent isn’t the answer, what else do we need to do to get our lives on. back?'”
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