As the food industry emerges from more than a year of struggles and closures, some food and beverage brands want to reward people who have been vaccinated. And they're doing so with a range of freebies for anyone with their vaccine card.
Unilever is offering health care workers and people who receive the vaccine free popsicles and Klondike shakes at select vaccination sites in New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Memphis, Dallas-Fort Worth and Phoenix on Friday, May 14 only.
Although Krispy Kreme got some backlash from its "free doughnuts for a year" promotion (especially from doctors who noted the potential for unhealthy weight gain), more restaurants, stores and apps are hopping on board with the rewards system.
Did we mention there's free beer? We're ready for the needle, doc!
On Thursday, Shake Shack announced that, through June 12, people who show their CDC-issued vaccine cards at any of the 25 Shake Shacks in New York City will get a free side of Crinkle Cut Fries with the purchase of any burger or chicken sandwich. And if you get vaccinated at one of the city's mobile vaccine clinics, you'll earn a ShackBurger voucher (while supplies last).
Mayor Bill de Blasio ate a burger and fries from Shake Shack for breakfast during his press briefing Thursday as he announced his office's collaboration with the chain.
“Is it too early in the day to eat a burger?” he asked a press aide before taking a bite of the burger. “Mmm … vaccination.”
The King of Beers is the latest brewer celebrating Americans with newly-minted vaccination cards. Now through May 16, most U.S. residents who are vaccinated and over the age of 21 can enter the "Reunite with Buds" giveaway to win a debit card you can use to buy a free cold one. To enter, you'll need to sign up for a My Cooler Rewards membership.
Fancy a bulk delivery of your favorite snacks and seasonings from Amazon or free eats from DoorDash and Uber? The e-commerce company called Drop will offer $50 in credit to people who post a vaccine selfie with #DropCovid and @JoinDrop tag on Instagram.
Backlash be damned! Krispy Kreme is standing by their offer to treat customers who have received complete doses of the vaccine. For the remainder of 2021, anyone who has been fully vaccinated can bring their vaccination ID card each time they'd like a free doughnut (one per day) at the doughnut chain's stores and drive-thrus nationwide.
The hot dog company famed for its Coney Island hot dog eating competitions will dish up free hot dogs as a thank you for getting the vaccine. Those who want to cash in on their free hot dog just need to bring their vaccination card into the Coney Island flagship restaurant to enjoy one. For now, this is the only location offering the freebie, but doesn't hurt to check your local Nathan's.
Office Depot and Staples
OK, so clearly these office supply stores, aside from their small selection of prepackaged to-go snacks, don't quite fall into the food category. However, their freebies will help folks keep track of their vaccination cards to cash in on delicious deals — thus earning them a spot on this list. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people to take a photo of their card as backup proof, these stores will laminate your cards for free to help keep them safe. At Office Depot and Office Max, use the coupon code 52516714 through July 25. At Staples, use code 81540 through May 1.
The Boston-based beer manufacturer promoted its clever #ShotForSam with a vaccine incentive program on Monday. The first 10,000 folks who post evidence that they've been vaccinated (like a vaccine card or photo of their bandaged arm post-shot) on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag will be rewarded $7 through Cash App. Yes, that's just enough to enjoy an ice cold Sam Adams on the house at a place of your pleasing.
So Good So You
This brand of good-for-you immunity boosting shots is available at a lot of national retailers and health food stores. The vitamin C-packed cold pressed juices range in ingredients, from inflammation-fighting turmeric to immunity boosting elderberry, come in 1.7-ounce bottles. By going to freejuiceshot.com, folks can share they've been vaccinated to receive a voucher for a free shot (the drinkable version).