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5 Free Things Businesses Are Offering to Encourage You to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine

Why Global Citizens Should Care
While countries around the world continue their vaccination campaigns, dangerous variants of the virus and a slow vaccine rollout in many vulnerable parts of the world are preventing a swift end to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important for as many people as possible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to promote the good health and wellbeing of all people. Join us by taking action on this issue here.

Public health experts have shared the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 even before vaccine doses became widely available. Many of the reasons they list include protecting yourself from contracting COVID-19, helping the world resume normal activities, and preventing the virus from spreading to vulnerable people and raising the global death toll, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

To support the global vaccination campaign, many places around the world have stepped up to encourage people to get the vaccine. Uber is currently providing 10 million free or discounted rides to people who need assistance getting to their vaccine appointments, according to a statement on its website. This offer is available to countries across North America, Europe, and Asia.

And in Israel, bars and restaurants have partnered with the government to provide free food and drinks to citizens getting their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Times of Israel.

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Employers in the United States have offered perks to their employees to get inoculated against COVID-19. Companies such as AT&T, Instacart, Target, Trader Joe’s, Chobani, and McDonald’s have offered time off and cash payments to employees who get vaccinated, according to CNBC.

In light of this trend, more businesses in the US have publicized their own offers to encourage people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. We've rounded up a list of free items that businesses across the country are offering upon proof that you have been vaccinated.

1. Doughnuts — Krispy Kreme, Nationwide (US)

Krispy Kreme started to show its support for the country’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts by offering a free original glazed doughnut to anyone who shows their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, according to its website. The offer applies to people who have received at least one shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Michael Tattersfield, the CEO and president of Krispy Kreme, said the deal would entitle those who are eligible to a single doughnut per day and would run through the end of 2021, according to the New York Times.

2. Beer — Market Garden Brewery, Ohio

Market Garden Brewery is offering 10-cent beers to the first 2021 people who show a “completed COVID-19 vaccine certificate,” according to their website. The brewery, located in Cleveland, Ohio, asks that participants fill out a contact form on their website to redeem the offer.

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3. Marijuana — Greenhouse of Walled Lake, Michigan

This medical marijuana dispensary in Michigan is offering a pre-rolled joint to anyone over the age of 21 who has gotten a COVID-19 vaccine. The “Pot for Shots!” campaign will go through March 31.

4. Tokens — Up-Down, Midwestern US

An arcade bar chain located across five Midwestern states (Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Oklahoma) started a “Tokens for Poke’ns” campaign, offering free tokens to anyone who can show proof that they have been fully-vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“We'll give you $5 in free tokens as our thanks to you for helping to keep us and the community safe!” the bar posted on Instagram.

5. Popcorn — Chagrin Cinemas, Ohio

Chagrin Cinemas located in Cleveland, Ohio, is giving out free popcorn with any concession stand purchase to moviegoers with a vaccination card, according to CNBC. This promotion will run through the end of April 2021.

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Around the world, experts and public figures have discussed the benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine, dispelling myths that cause vaccine hesitancy and sharing the importance of vaccine equity.

As more people become eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine across the country, these businesses are doing their part to encourage people to learn the facts and help end the pandemic for everyone around the world.