Albertans who get two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible for a collection of vacation packages.
There will be 40 packages available through WestJet and Air Canada, with the provincial lottery draw scheduled for Aug. 31. To enter, Albertans need to register online and have received their first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine before registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 24.
“Alberta’s government is doing everything it can to encourage Albertans to get vaccinated so we can put this pandemic behind us,” said Premier Jason Kenney in a news release.
“We want Albertans to get their vaccines as soon as possible so we can fully open for summer and open for good.”
The packages are in addition to the three $1 million draws and include week-long stays at all-inclusive luxury resorts and flights across Canada and abroad. The draws are open to all Albertans age 18 and older who register.
“The Open for Summer Lottery is a once-in-a-lifetime response to a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic,” said Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health.
“While protection from COVID-19 is the greatest reward, we have dreamt long enough of getting back to activities we love. This is the perfect opportunity to make some of those travel dreams a reality while encouraging more Albertans to get vaccinated.”
Some of the WestJet prizes include one vacation package for two to Dreams Vista Cancun Golf & Spa Resort, including round-trip economy flights and a seven-night all-inclusive stay; one voucher for two people to fly round trip, business class, anywhere in WestJet’s network; 10 vouchers for two people to fly round trip, economy class, anywhere in Canada; three giveaways of 1,500 WestJet dollars and five giveaways of WestJet Rewards Gold Status.
Air Canada prizes include one vacation package for two to Planet Hollywood Cancun, including round-trip economy flights and a seven-night all-inclusive stay; one voucher for two people to fly round trip, business class, anywhere in Air Canada’s network; 10 vouchers for two people to fly round trip, economy class, anywhere in Canada; three giveaways of 100,000 Aeroplan bonus points; five giveaways of Aeroplan 50K Status.
The province also said that two additional lotteries will launch in August and September to encourage Albertans to get fully vaccinated.