The federal Labor party has announced a plan to help boost Australia’s coronavirus vaccine uptake.
The party is now calling on the Government to adopt the idea, which would see every person who receives both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by December of this year handed a $300 payment.
Member of Fenner and Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Leigh said a financial incentive would help reach the Government’s 80% vaccination target for more freedoms that was announced last week.
“The Government has promised there will be enough vaccine supply and so now the challenge is overcoming vaccine hesitancy.”
Mr Leigh hopes such a payment would also provide added benefits to the Canberra community as the Sydney covid outbreak continues
“Canberrans are suffering from a loss of tourism in the accommodation, cafes and restaurants sector so we need more support for our economy, this $300 infectinve won’t just boost vaccination uptake, it’ll also inject new money into the economy.”
Similar incentives are already being run in other countries with the likes of the United State and the UK offering money for people to get their jabs.
Despite this, The Finance Minister, Simon Birmingham, slammed the idea and said there’s no evidence to suggest such an incentive would work.
“These types of proposed cash incentives from the Labor Party aren’t necessary and ultimately would prove to be quite wasteful in terms of the overall scale of public expenditure.”
However, Mr Birmingham didn’t rule the potential for incentives to be included in the rollout in the future.
“There may be places where it’s appropriate for those who are vaccinated to have certain liberties that that those who are not vaccinated.”
“We’ll work carefully through those on an evidence-based approach, as we have done right through every stage of this pandemic.”