Union lottery for vaccinated members

By Tom Ravlic

September 9, 2021

A union representing aged care workers and paramedics is kicking off a lottery pool to get its members vaccinated.
A union representing aged care workers and paramedics is kicking off a lottery pool to get its members vaccinated. (Peter/Adobe)

A union representing aged care workers and paramedics is kicking off a lottery pool to get its members vaccinated.

The Health Services Union’s $50,000 lottery pool is divided into 50 prizes of a thousand dollars and only those union members in New South Wales or Queensland who are able to show they have been vaccinated or have an appointment to get jabbed can enter.

Gerard Hayes, the union’s New South Wales secretary, said the union believed the lottery would break down the hesitancy to get vaccinated and also recognise those that have got in earlier than other people.

“Getting vaccinated is by far the best thing anyone can do to protect themselves, their family and the community from COVID,” Hayes said.

“This lottery is a chance to recognise the four in five paramedics, health and aged care workers who have already been vaccinated. But it also provides those who haven’t with the chance to take a fresh look at the vaccine. We think this will be a powerful incentive for people who are reluctant and have delayed getting vaccinated.”

News of the union’s incentive comes as the National COVID Vaccine Taskforce continues to work on getting staff in aged care facilities vaccinated.

Vaccination in aged care facilities will be mandatory from September 17 and the taskforce told a recent meeting of an advisory group representing culturally and linguistically diverse communities that it is trying different ways of reaching out to unvaccinated workers including using webinars to provide essential information.

“In mass zoom meetings, we have seen members who were initially hesitant come around to understand the vaccine’s benefit. The lottery provides another opportunity to have that conversation and explain the benefit of jab.

“The vaccination race is far from over and the final stretch will be the hardest. We believe giving people incentives will propel our industries and our membership closer to the finish line.”


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