Growing up, doctors would give us lollipops or stickers after we get our shots. Well, it seems the perks of getting stuck continue and are even better as adults when you get vaccinated against Covid-19. With all U.S. adults eligible for vaccination now and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approving the first Covid-19 vaccine, several companies are rewarding people who choose to get it. Here’s a list of those offering fun and tasty perks.
Why get one free doughnut when you can get two? To celebrate the FDA’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine, Krispy Kreme is giving away two free doughnuts to vaccinated customers. Under its campaign, “Show Your Heart,” you can get both an original glazed doughnut and an Original Glazed Heart Doughnut for free when you show your Covid vaccination card. The offer lasts between Aug. 30 to Sept. 5.
Krispy Kreme will continue to give away one free glazed doughnut to individuals who are vaccinated every day for the rest of the year as well. To qualify, you must have one or two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and show your vaccination card. That promotion started on March 22.
If you’re located in NYC, you can get a free ShackBurger voucher if you get vaccinated at one of the NYC mobile vaccine buses. If you’ve already been vaccinated, you can get a free order of crinkle cut fries with a purchase of any burger or chicken sandwich. Simply show your physical vaccine card or digital proof through the “Excelsior Pass.” You can find a full list of the participating Shake Shacks in NYC here.
Get $5 off your purchase if you’re vaccinated at a CVS or Target store location.
Nathan's Famous Hotdogs
A great perk for those who live in Brooklyn! Get a free hotdog from Nathan's on the same day of your vaccine at their original Coney Island location in Brooklyn, New York.
Stop by your local with proof of your vaccination and get a free dessert on a stick! Yes, from White Castle. The burger chain is offering cake on a stick in four flavors — butter cake, fudge dipped brownie, fudge dipped cheesecake-on-a-stick or birthday cake.
Lyft & Uber
Lyft Family is giving out discounted rides to parties up to five to go to and from their COVID-19 vaccine appointments. The service is specifically catered to low-income families and seniors and also includes discounted trips to the grocery store.
Meanwhile, Uber is giving free rides to vaccination centers located in government and private hospitals. The service is a collaborative effort with non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
E-commerce brand Drop will send you some cash if you post a selfie of yourself getting vaccinated. Drop is awarding up to $50 in rewards from spots like Amazon and Uber Eats. All you have to do is share your selfie on social media using the hashtag #DropCOVID, download the Drop app, link a card, and stand by for your money.
Beyond freebies, several companies are also offering some perks to their employees. For example, Kroger is rewarding employees with a one-time $100 store credit and Publix is giving its associates a $125 gift card after they complete their Covid-19 vaccination. Additionally, employees at Petco get a one-time $75 bonus for getting vaccinated. And employees at Target are being given up to four hours of paid time off to go get vaccinated.
Additional reporting by Morgan Brinlee.
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