Two new COVID-19 vaccine ads urge Australians to play their part and keep community safe

 Two new COVID-19 vaccine ads urge Australians to play their part and keep community safe

It has soaring musical performances, an opulent opera cast, exquisite ballet and even miming — and it’s all in a bid to encourage Australians to “play their part” and get vaccinated.

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Two new vaccination videos have been released today urging Victorians to roll up for the jab

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra ad features artists including Deborah Cheetham, Tim Minchin and Meow Meow

The Victorian Council of Social Service has also released a video featuring medical professionals and ordinary Australians

The video is one of the two new public health campaigns launched today.

Its aim is to encourage people to roll up their sleeves and keep the community safe and “keep our loved arts and entertainment industry alive”.

The art industry has been one of the worst-hit during the pandemic.

Produced by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO), the video is in collaboration with other stakeholders, including Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Theatre Company and The Australian Ballet.

It features artists such as Deborah Cheetham, Tim Minchin, Meow Meow, Rhonda Burchmore and Virginia Gay.

“We know it’s been hard stuck inside for COVID lockdowns, it’s been hard for us too. Performing at home just isn’t the same,” performers say in the video.

“Every week, Victoria’s arts community comes together to give you the performance of a lifetime. And now it’s your turn.

We need you to come together and get vaccinated as soon as you’re eligible, to give us the performance of a lifetime.”

The second video, produced by the Victorian Council to Social Service, features medical professionals and ordinary Victorians waiting to “get back to the good things”, like weddings, junior sports and being able to visit their loved ones.

The two campaigns follow a federal government ad campaign encouraging Australians to “arm yourself” against COVID-19.

However, another geographically targeted “graphic” ad aimed at Sydney residents in New South Wales drew criticism, with one marketing expert labelling the government’s campaign “too militaristic”. 

There are concerns over community hesitancy, especially after changes in the government’s advice on AstraZeneca safety to those under the age of 60.

Consult GP, not online for information on vaccines

The MSO ad campaign urges Victorians to consult their GPs to clear any doubts they may have about getting vaccinated.

 “It’s normal to get nervous before giving the performance of a lifetime,” a line from the video says.

“So if you’re feeling unsure about getting vaccinated, chat to your GP and they can help you get the facts.”

Because, as Tim Minchin says: “Some of the stuff you read online has some pretty massive plot holes.” 

The campaign is already getting rave reviews.

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“This is a far better message than the federal government message! Bravo!” one viewer said.

Another said: “A combination of all things I love: Arts, Science and puns. Perfect messaging.”

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