Are You Vaccinated? Claim These Discounts and Freebies as a Reward

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A Shot at Savings

More Americans are getting their COVID-19 vaccinations every day, hopefully bringing us closer to the pandemic's end. And while that should be incentive enough to get the shot, some companies and states are starting to sweeten the deal with freebies, discounts, and even million-dollar lotteries. Here are some other places where flashing your vaccine card might get you more than a thumbs-up, including Panera, Chipotle, and other big names. 

Related: A State-by-State Guide to Vaccine Incentives

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Instacart: Get Vaxxed for Snacks Sweepstakes

You can't beat the convenience of grocery delivery, and Instacart is offering the chance for some free food dropped off right at your front door. If you're vaccinated, you can enter to win a $500 Instacart gift card, a prize the company will give to 200 lucky recipients. Enter the contest right here through June 30. Residents of New York and Florida aren't eligible. 

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Verizon: 10% Discount

Verizon is offering an additional 10% off any one accessory they offer, which can range from smart home devices, game controllers, headphones, and more. The discount is also stackable, so it can be used as an additional discount on already reduced-price items. The discount is also available to first responders and teachers. 

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United: A Chance to Win Free Flights

United passengers who uploaded proof of vaccination to its sweepstakes website have a shot (pun intended) to win a round-trip flight for two anywhere in the world (where United flies). Thirty winners will be chosen, and five will get the grand prize: one year of free flights for the winner and a companion. Prizes will be doled out by the beginning of July.

Related: Age Pays: 118 Senior Discounts (Some Starting at Age 50!)

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Anheuser-Busch: Free Beer for Everyone

Let's do this, America: If 70% of American adults get at least their first vaccine shot by July 4, beer giant Anheuser-Busch says everyone 21 and up will be eligible for a free drink. All the details are here

Related: Where to Order Beer, Wine, and Liquor Online

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Krispy Kreme: Free Doughnuts

How's this for a sweet reward? Show your vaccination card at Krispy Kreme and you can get one free original glazed doughnut every day from now until the end of the year. You must show up in person to get your freebie — online orders or deliveries aren't eligible.

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Shake Shack: Free Burger

If you're a Shake Shack-loving New Yorker, your vaccine could be a ticket to a free meal. Anyone who gets their vaccine on an NYC mobile vaccine bus can get a voucher for a free burger while supplies last. 

Related: The Best Value Meal Deals at 28 Chains Across the Country

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NFL, NASCAR, and MLS: Super Bowl Tickets and More

A vaccine could be your ticket — literally — to the Super Bowl in 2022. Fifty tickets will be up for grabs in a giveaway for vaccinated fans, the NFL has announced. You can also snag a 25% discount at for receiving your vaccine. Meanwhile, NASCAR will be giving away Daytona 500 tickets, while Major League Soccer will offer vaccinated fans a 30% discount on merchandise and the chance to go to the 2021 MLS All-Star Game. (More of a baseball fan? Some MLB teams are offering ticket deals for vaccinated fans — keep reading.)


Kroger: $1 Million or Groceries for a Year

Kroger is following in the footsteps of several states with its own vaccine lottery. People who get their COVID-19 vaccine at Kroger or its family of stores can register here for a chance to win one of five $1 million drawings. There are also some pretty nice consolation prizes: During each million-dollar drawing, Kroger will draw 10 winners of free groceries for a year.

Related: 18 Secrets for Shopping at Kroger

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CVS: Cash, Cruises, Super Bowl Tickets, and More

The nation's largest pharmacy chain has teamed up with several other companies to offer hard-to-beat prizes. Those who get at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at CVS or from a CVS pharmacist at an off-site clinic by July 10 are eligible to win five $5,000 giveaways, 10 seven-day cruises with Norwegian Cruise Lines, a VIP trip to the Super Bowl, and much more. Enter here.

Related: Where to Get Cheap Flu Shots — Walmart vs. CVS vs. Costco and More

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Major League Baseball: Free Tickets and More

Get vaccinated at your favorite team's stadium and you can nab free tickets and other incentives courtesy of Major League Baseball. Check the specifics for your local team here.

Related: 17 Tips for Scoring a Deal on Baseball Tickets

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Connecticut: Food, Drinks, and More

Nutmeg State Gov. Ned Lamont announced on May 24 that Connecticut has launched an umbrella incentive campaign coined "Summer On Us," which includes more specific programs aimed at providing the vaccinated with free food, drinks, and fun. You can learn more about specific events and offers here.

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Safeway, Albertsons, and Others: 10% Discount

Safeway, Albertsons, and several other prominent grocery chains are targeting those who haven't received their vaccine yet. Do it in store and you'll get a coupon for 10% off a shopping trip. Visit the White House's vaccine incentives hub for a list of all participating stores.

Related: Regional Grocery Stores That Shoppers Love

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Meijer: $10 Coupon

If you're not yet vaccinated and live in one of the six Midwestern states where supercenter and grocery store chain Meijer is located, it also has a nice incentive for getting the shot in one of its in-store pharmacies: a coupon worth $10 that's good toward any purchase. Already vaccinated? There's a deal for you, too: Show your completed vaccination card — from any provider — at a Meijer pharmacy and you'll get a coupon for $10 off a $50 purchase.

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John Hancock: Free Reward Points

If you've got life insurance through John Hancock, make sure you're a part of its Vitality rewards program before you get your shots. Participants who get their COVID-19 vaccines will get 400 reward points that can go toward perks like discounts on travel, retail, food, and fitness wearables.

Related: 12 Tips to Keep You from Buying Too Much Insurance

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library: Free Admission

You've lived through history, so now go soak up some more for free at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois. Through June, visitors can receive free admission with proof of vaccination. Select the ticket option "COVID" when booking online

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Local Restaurant Discounts

In addition to national chains, here are just a few of the local restaurants offering vaccine discounts:

  • Jose Andres: If you're recently or soon-to-be vaccinated and live around Washington, D.C., celebrity chef Jose Andres has a great deal for you: a $50 gift card. Those who show they were vaccinated May 8 or later can get the deal at Jaleo DC, Jaleo Crystal City, Oyamel, Zaytinya, or China Chilcano. 

  • Market Garden Brewery: How’s a 10-cent beer sound? This Cleveland brewery is giving the ultra-cheap brewskis to everyone who shows their complete COVID-19 vaccination cards. 
  • Nathan's Famous: This iconic New York City spot will give a free hot dog to patrons who visit the Coney Island shop on the same day of their vaccination and show their vaccine card.
  • Oak and Reel: This special-occasion Italian restaurant in Detroit has been offering vaccinated patrons a hefty 50% off
  • Rumbleseat Bar & Grille: This restaurant in Chicopee, Massachusetts, is offering 20% off all food orders on Mondays for customers who show proof of vaccination, as long as mask mandates remain in effect. 
  • Super Duper Burgers: How do some free fries sound? Snap a picture of yourself at your vaccine site, then post it on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with hashtag #covidvaccine. Show the picture to the cashier at one of these San Francisco-area restaurants and dig in. 
  • Uno Dos Tacos: Get some free chips and salsa at this San Francisco restaurant by following the same process from sister chain Super Duper Burgers.
  • Village Tap: This Chicago bar has been offering a $10 gift card "as a token of our gratitude" to the first 1,000 customers who show proof of vaccination.
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Washington: Marijuana

Washington is hoping to take the sting out of getting vaccinated by offering marijuana. The Joints for Jabs promotion is available for those 21 and over who are getting first or second shots until July 12. Participating marijuana retailers will be providing the prerolled joints, and the offer cannot be applied to other products. This isn't the first vaccination promotion Washington has had to push vaccination numbers, by the way — the state also gave the thumbs up to a free beer, wine, or cocktail offer.