Governor Gavin Newsom has been in the forefront of the COVID-19 vaccine drive across the state and has launched one more new incentive to attract those who display vaccine hesitation. The state is offering a whole slew of “dream vacations” in the Golden State for those who have taken their vaccines.
On Monday, just a day ahead of the state’s reopening on Tuesday Governor Newsom launched a new incentive scheme when he was in San Francisco. It is called “California Dream Vacations” and offers travel to destinations across Southern California and San Francisco.
The Vacation Package Deals include six packages mainly for 4 persons though one package is a deal for two. The details of the packages have not been released but include deals from hotels and theme parks.
California Dream Vacations for four persons are
- A Discover the Best of Anaheim
- Premium Los Angeles Experience
- San Francisco “Our Gate is Open” Welcome Package
- San Diego Downtown Dream Vacation
- San Diego Beach Dream Vacation
The Greater Palm Springs Luxury Dream Package is the only package that is for two. Eligibility to take part in the package is that a person should be 18 years or more, should have taken at least one dose of the vaccine and should be totally vaccinated to claim the package in case they win it in the random selection to be held on July 1.
This vacation incentive is the latest offer in the “Vax for the Win” program which offered cash prizes. Some companies across the state have also offered free food to those who get vaccinated. Grocery cards worth $50 are also available.
Many Californians have already won cash prizes, but their names have not been announced as the state is getting permission from them to make the announcement with their names. Governor Newsom said that they were confident that the incentives they had offered worked and that was why they wanted to “continue in that spirit.”
Newsom mentioned that several “hospitality partners” are collaborating with the government to meet the costs. He and other leaders spoke about how the tourism industry had been affected by the pandemic and about 1.2 million jobs were lost.
When asked about the methods that are available to check Californian’s vaccination status Governor Newsom said that the state will announce an electronic version of their vaccination card. He clarified that it was not a passport nor was it a requirement. He said that it would be “an electronic version” of the “paper version.”