More than 30 businesses are offering special rewards to individuals who receive a COVID-19 vaccination in the weeks ahead.
The incentives (see a full list here) were highlighted by the White House Wednesday as part of a monthlong initiative to reach a 70% adult vaccination rate nationwide by July 4. As of that morning, 62.9% of adults had received at least one shot.
The rewards range in size and value, but some of the significant giveaways include:
- Anheuser-Busch - Free beer (or seltzer or other product) to 200,000 vaccinated Americans if the country reaches the 70% mark by July 4
- CVS - Vaccinated individuals can enter a sweepstakes to win cash, a free cruise or tickets to Super Bowl LVI
- Major League Baseball - Free game admission to fans who get vaccinated on-site
- NASCAR - A sweepstakes to win 2022 Indy 500 tickets
- National Football League - 25% discount on merchandise, plus a drawing to win 50 tickets to Super Bowl LVI
- United Airlines - A sweepstakes for a year of free flights or round trip for two
In addition, a number of stores are offering smaller discounts, such as 10% off a purchase, or a $5 gift card.
Improving vaccine access
In addition to laying out rewards as an incentive to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the Biden administration announced new outreach efforts to help address vaccine disparities, and support those who may not easily be able to get a shot.
- Free childcare for parents or guardians who need to get vaccinated, provided by the YMCA, Bright Horizons, KinderCare and Learning Care
- Expanded hours for pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens, so those with challenging work schedules have a better opportunity to get a vaccine
- "Shots at the Shop," a partnership with Black-owned barber shops and beauty salons to support local vaccination efforts
- Monthlong challenges for mayors and colleges across the country
The Kaiser Family Foundation recently dug into vaccine disparities. Based on the data available, 62% of people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine are white. Nine percent are Black, 14% are Hispanic, 6% are Asian, and 1% were American Indian or Alaska Native.
However, there has been an uptick in vaccinations among non-white recipients in the past two weeks, suggesting the vaccines are beginning to reach a larger share of these communities.