Dr. Rita Kilislian of Kawartha Endodontics is offering unvaccinated people in Peterborough an incentive to get their first dose of vaccine by the end of 2021.
Kilislian announced Tuesday that she and her family will offer anyone who is unvaccinated and living in Peterborough a $50 credit toward a takeout meal at Capra Toro restaurant on Hunter Street West downtown in exchange for getting jabbed by the end of December.
Kilislian states in a press release that she and her family are offering this incentive both to boost restaurants and to show her family’s “heartfelt commitment” to encouraging people to get vaccinated.
Business owners downtown are suffering both financially and emotionally in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, she states, and restaurateurs in particular are dealing with steep declines in business.
“Local restaurant owners are losing their life savings through reinvestment into their family-run restaurants to have a viable downtown in our city,” Kilislian stated.
To redeem an incentive, Kilislian is asking people to go to restaurant with proof of first vaccine dated between Dec. 21 and 31 as well identification showing you live in Peterborough.
The incentive is meant to be put toward a takeout meal to be ordered and taken away on the spot.
The Capra Toro building on Hunter Street West is co-owned by Dr. Kilislian and her husband, Andy Curnew.
Curnew said in an email Tuesday the building is held in a trust specifically to support the family’s philanthropic work.
“Dr. Kilislian and Alexa, our daughter, have thought of this campaign, which Kilislian will fund through her practice and her daughter’s trust fund,” Curnew writes.