Coronavirus Canada Updates: Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery now includes 40 travel-related prizes

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Coronavirus Canada Updates: Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery now includes 40 travel-related prizes
Coronavirus Canada Updates: Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery now includes 40 travel-related prizes

Albertans who get fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine will have the chance to win one of several travel-related prizes, as part of the government’s Open for Summer Lottery.

Earlier this week, Premier Jason Kenney announced the details of the lottery, which encourages eligible Albertans to get vaccinated. The premier announced three separate $1-million prizes are up for grabs for those who choose to get vaccinated. Kenney also said additional incentives would be announced at a later date.

On Wednesday morning, the province sent out a news release stating an additional 40 travel-related prizes are now available as part of the vaccine lottery.

The vacation packages were donated by WestJet and Air Canada, and include week-long stays at all inclusive resorts across Canada and abroad.

The vacation packages will be included in the August lottery draw for people who receive two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. The draws are open to Albertans 18 and older who register online for the Open for Summer Lottery.

“Alberta’s government is doing everything it can to encourage Albertans to get vaccinated so we can put this pandemic behind us,” Kenney said in a news release.

“While protection from COVID-19 is the greatest reward, we have dreamt long enough of getting back to activities we love,” Health Minister Tyler Shandro said. “This is the perfect opportunity to make some of those travel dreams a reality while encouraging more Albertans to get vaccinated.”

WestJet vice president Andrew Gibbons said a safe restart of travel is essential to Canada’s economic recovery.

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