THE race between two councils to be the first to reach 80 per cent vaccinated concluded on Monday, with the Borough of Queenscliffe reaching 80.1 per cent.
Back in August, Buloke Shire mayor Daryl Warren declared the competition brewing between the two municipalities was a way to get residents vaccinated in a quick and fun way.
"We want to put the right message out there and give the people an incentive to keep working hard to be fully vaccinated," he said.
The mayors caught up virtually to thank their communities and make good on the terms of their bet - Cr Warren would be treating Borough of Queenscliffe mayor Ross Ebbels to a meal and a night's accommodation in the coming months.
Both mayors said that while the challenge they'd made was with each other, the real champions of the competition were the residents of Buloke Shire and the Borough of Queenscliffe.
"We couldn't be prouder of the residents who answered our call and stepped forward to get vaccinated over the past few weeks," Cr Warren said.
"Regardless of who gets there first, getting vaccinated helps us win the race that really matters - protecting ourselves and each other from the coronavirus."
Cr Ebbels said he was looking forward to visiting his friend in the Buloke Shire as vaccination rates increase.
"Getting together for a laugh with our friends is just one of many reasons to get vaccinated," he said.
"Thank you to all the residents of both councils who have come together to make our communities safer."
The Buloke Shire's vaccination rates currently sit at 86.3 per cent of residents with their first dose and 61.6 per cent fully vaccinated.
You can book your vaccination online at portal.cvms.vic.gov.au or by calling the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.
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