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WATCH NOW: Gov. Newsom announces ‘California Dream Vacations’ vaccine incentive


SACRAMENTO (KYMA, KECY) -California Governor Gavin Newsom offers a six "dream vacation" incentive to encourage Californians to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

After the state's travel and tourism industry was hit by the pandemic, Gov. Newsom says it's safe to return as the state of nearly 40 million people boasts among the nation's lowest virus rates.

In San Francisco, 80% of eligible city residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, and nearly 70% are fully vaccinated.

He said goodies in the incentive package include floor seats at an NBA game with the LA Lakers and tickets to Disneyland, Legoland, SeaWorld, and a symphony.

They are among “a series of spectacular items and packages and experiences, including culinary experiences, that really highlight the best of California,” Newsom said.

Visit California will also provide each winner with $2,000 in travel money, Newsom said.

Californians who are at least 18 years old who are at least partially vaccinated are eligible for the drawing.

Newsom is also proposing $95 million in state funding to help a hospitality and tourism sector that at one point during the pandemic he said lost nearly half its 1.2 million jobs. The investment could speed the resumption of more than 300,000 jobs within a year, he projected.

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