The Port Phillip Council social media campaign is aimed at boosting vaccination in the City which, along with several other inner-city municipalities, is experiencing lower first dose vaccination rates, particularly in Elwood and parts of St Kilda.
The campaign, which started this week, includes calls by Palais Theatre Venue Manager Lloyd Jones, Luna Park Executive Director Mary Stuart, Victorian Pride Centre Chair Hang Vo, Stokehouse restaurateur Frank van Haandel, St Kilda MEMO Music Hall, the Astor, Linden New Art, the Jewish Museum and South Melbourne Market traders for the community to get vaccinated so they can stay reopen or stay open.
Port Phillip’s hard-hit arts and hospitality industries are not the only ones joining the campaign.
Port Melbourne Colts Football Club representatives are also participating to highlight the huge impact of the pandemic on community sports. The community-managed Club’s members could not play last year and only managed six matches this year.
Mayor Louise Crawford said many traders were counting on a successful summer to help recover from the economic impact of the pandemic.
“We have always said there is a social, as well as an economic impact, so we are also keen for everyone to be able to resume their daily lives as safely as possible and vaccination plays a tremendously important role in achieving this,” Cr Crawford said.
There are plenty of vaccination options across the City including StarHealth’s Port Melbourne Town Hall vaccination centre and vaccines available at local pharmacies. For more information, go to: https://bit.ly/3kzPmAV
Mary Stuart explains in her post that Luna Park has been closed for over 250 days and counting, with hundreds of events cancelled and millions of rides missed.
Lloyd Jones tells of 192 cancelled performances and 57,600 staff hours lost at the Palais Theatre. Melinda Martin says Linden New Art has also been closed for over 250 days, with exhibition programs being rescheduled more than 20 times and 520 artists impacted.
Publican Tom Streater says the Prince Alfred Hotel in Port Melbourne has lost more than $1.4 million in revenue since COVID-19 started.