New Incentives Offered to Get More People Vaccinated

It's all part of the President Joe Biden's "Month of Action," which aims to see the country reach 70% immunity by the 4th of July.

Posted: Jun 2, 2021 10:43 PM
Updated: Jun 3, 2021 8:07 AM

The race to the COVID-19 finish line is blazing on, and with nearly 63% of Americans having received at least their first shot, the White House has plans to ramp up vaccinations.

"America is headed into a summer dramatically different from last year's summer, a summer of freedom, a summer of joy, a summer of get-togethers and celebrations," President Joe Biden said Wednesday.

It's all part of the President's "Month of Action," which aims to see the country reach 70% immunity by the 4th of July.

To reach that goal, there's a new batch of initiatives to motivate people to roll up their sleeves, including pharmacies that will stay open 24 hours on Friday, free childcare while parents get the shot and a vaccination tour through the South and Midwest.

"That's cool, I think that's really good," said Kathi Moore of Evansville. "I think everyone should be vaccinated actually."

While Biden has just now put this promotional plan in action, some businesses have already been offering their own incentives well before this month of action.

Krispy Kreme is giving out free donuts to customers if they show their vaccination cards and target is offering customers and employees a $5 coupon if they received the vaccine at a CVS or Target location.

"I think that's really good, a good thing that they're doing encourage people to get the vaccines," said Joseph Gates of Carmi, Illinois.

The White House hopes with all these promotions, the country can reach its Independence Day goal. Once it does, for anyone 21+ and vaccinated, Anheuser Busch said the next round is on them and will offer those customers free beer.

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