While the possibility of ending the pandemic and ditching masks for good is reward enough for some people to become inoculated, several businesses and organizations are sweetening the deal. They are offering freebies, coupons and contests to those who can show they’ve been vaccinated or who get vaccinated on the spot.
Here are offers currently available to those who have received or who soon will get a COVID-19 vaccination.
1. Dessert on a stick
Head to fast-food restaurant White Castle with your proof of vaccination and receive a free dessert-on-a-stick. No other purchase is required, but you’ll need to act fast. This promotion ends on May 31.
2. A healthy snack or drink
Celebrate good health with a free snack or drink from The Vitamin Shoppe. Bring your official COVID-19 vaccination record to any location by May 31 and select one free full-size snack, such as a protein bar or energy drink.
3. Crinkle cut fries
In New York City, vaccinated people can get free crinkle-cut fries from participating Shake Shack locations when they purchase a burger or chicken sandwich in-store. You’ll need to show your vaccination card or Excelsior Pass to take advantage of this one-time offer, which expires on June 12.
4. A chance to win free flights
United Airlines is giving away one year of free flights to five lucky people in its Your Shot to Fly Sweepstakes. Another 30 folks will receive a roundtrip flight for two to anywhere United flies — in any class of service.
Members of the airline’s MileagePlus frequent flier program who upload their vaccination card to their account by June 22 will be entered in the sweepstakes.
5. Museum passes
At least two museums are granting free admission to visitors who have received their COVID-19 vaccination.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, is offering free admission through June 30 to anyone who had at least one COVID-19 shot. Visitors must bring their vaccination card, and the name on the card must match that on their photo ID.
Meanwhile, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City is hosting a walk-in vaccination clinic for folks age 12 and older from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Everyone receiving their vaccine at the museum will receive a voucher for complimentary admission to the museum for a group of up to four people.
6. A $10 coupon
Midwest retailer Meijer is handing out coupons for $10 off to anyone who completes their COVID-19 vaccination series at one of their pharmacies. The coupon is good for any future purchase in the store.
Those who received their vaccine elsewhere can bring their immunization card to a Meijer Pharmacy and receive a coupon for $10 off a $50 purchase. Both offers expire on July 15.
7. A glazed doughnut — every day
Bring your COVID-19 vaccination record to a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts store and receive a free glazed doughnut. This offer runs until Dec. 31, 2021, and has a limit of one redemption per guest per day.
So, in theory, you could enjoy a free daily doughnut for the rest of the year if you’re vaccinated.
8. A $5 coupon
Nearly all CVS at Target locations are offering COVID-19 vaccines now. If you get your immunization at one of these locations, you’ll walk away with more than peace of mind. You’ll also get a $5 Target coupon.
9. A grocery discount
Several supermarkets offer discounts to those who receive immunizations, including the COVID-19 vaccine, at their pharmacies. Safeway, Albertsons and Jewel Osco offer a 10% discount on a customer’s next grocery purchase when they are vaccinated at one of the stores.
However, this promotion is not available in New York, New Jersey and Arkansas.
10. Life insurance points
John Hancock life insurance customers who participate in the company’s Vitality Program will receive 400 Vitality Points when they share proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. Points can be redeemed for savings on travel, retail purchases, healthy food and wearable fitness devices.