All double-vaccinated West Coaster residents will be entered into the raffle to win a new car if the area reaches 90 percent full vaccines by Christmas.
Development West Coast has partnered with Gray Ford to launch the ‘Car up for Jabs’ campaign with the aim of increasing the overdue vaccination rate in the region.
The west coast has the lowest vaccination rate on the South Island, with 87% of its residents having received their first dose. This is the only DHB area on the South Island not to have reached 90% for the first doses.
According to the Ministry of Health, 3,661 vaccines still need to be administered for the region to be 90% fully vaccinated.
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Development West Coast chief executive Heath Milne said the price of a new Ford Escape or 2WD Ranger would only be offered if the West Coast reached the magical 90% double vaccination mark by the end of the year. Christmas Eve. All West Coast residents who received a double hit would be eligible to win. The winner would be chosen at random by the West Coast District Health Board, which had information on immunization.
âWe are focusing on the goal of reaching 90% to bring Aucklanders here. Reaching 90% by Christmas and staying away from restrictive alert levels will give the economy a real boost. “
The tourism industry of Franz Josef and Fox Glacier in particular needed a lifeline, he said.
Development West Coast surveyed city businesses to better understand the economic and social impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He revealed that three other businesses had closed and one had reopened since its last investigation in February, meaning 16 businesses had closed since the start of the pandemic.
Some 152 people had left town, including 10 students from local schools and 29 volunteers from community groups.
90% of business owners who responded rated their mental health as neutral to very negative and 48% wanted mental health and wellness services.
Logan Skinner, owner of Glacier Country Campervan Park and Terrace Motel, said he believed the investigation did not reveal the extent of the problem.
âThe companies that went bankrupt weren’t there to do the survey and the people who are really in terrible shape didn’t complete it either. I’m very worried about a few people in town, âhe said.
âThere are unvaccinated business owners now wondering if they should shut down their business. It is additional pressure.
He was disappointed with this week’s border announcement, saying it would make it worse this summer for ice cream companies.
It made no sense for people in areas of Australia that did not have Covid to have to self-isolate for seven days while Aucklanders were free to travel to the South Island, he said. -he declares.
The seven-day self-isolation requirement would deter tourists, but would not prevent Kiwis from traveling to Australia or the Pacific Islands instead of visiting the South Island, he said.
âIt doesn’t help Franz Josef. This summer will be worse than last summer.
âThis is the start of the reopening process, but in the short term, many businesses will not survive next winter. It is very little very late.
Meanwhile, cash, vouchers, music and food are said to be offered at a vaccination event in Westport on Saturday.
For more details on vaccination clinics and mobile / pop-up clinics on the west coast, visit vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz