SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a new vaccine incentive program on Monday as part of his push to get Californians vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Newsom was in San Francisco as he announced a new drawing taking place on July 1. Six vaccinated Californians will receive a California “dream vacation” and $2,000 toward travel to the destination.
The getaways include:
- a trip to Anaheim with two-night stays at three resorts, 2-day park-hopper tickets to the Disneyland Resort, dinner at the Anaheim White House and a $500 gift certificate to South Coast Plaza;
- a stay at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, with two floor seats to a Lakers game, four tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood and visits to The Broad, the California Science Center and the Natural History Museum;
- a two-night stay at the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, an 80-minute spa treatment for two and daily breakfast for two at State Fare Bar & Kitchen;
- a San Diego Beach Dream Vacation, featuring a five-night stay at Catamaran Resort Hotel, surf lessons, a series of dining gift certificates and tickets to the Padres, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and Legoland;
- a San Diego Downtown Dream Vacation, with a five-night stay at Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, four tickets to the San Diego Symphony, dining certificates, passes to the U.S.S. Midway Museum, a harbor tour, Padres tickets and visits to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and SeaWorld; and
- a five-night stay at the Hotel Nikko San Francisco, four San Francisco City Passes providing tickets to various attractions, dining packages at four luxury eateries such as Jaranita and Wilder, and four tickets to a Giants baseball game.
The dream vacation giveaway was launched to extend the vaccine incentive program beyond the final drawing in the state’s cash prize lottery. California is set to fully reopen its economy Tuesday and 10 more vaccinated residents will be selected to win $1.5 million each, the biggest prize yet in the state’s vaccine incentives.
More than 21 million people in California were entered to win $50,000 as part of the vaccine prize lottery and 30 were selected.
Newsom said California has seen a 14% increase in vaccinations since the incentives were first announced and a total of 72% of Californians 18 and older have received at least one shot.
Monday morning’s news conference also focused on boosting the state’s tourism industry, which has been hit extremely hard during the pandemic. Tourism revenue in the state plummeted $80 billion from 2019 to 2020.