To reach its goal of getting at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
into the arms of 70% of U.S. adults by July 4, the White House
is offering a lot of free stuff to Americans.
“A summer of freedom, a summer of joy, a summer of get-togethers and celebrations,” President Joe Biden
said, outlining his administration’s National Month of Action strategy. “An all-American summer that this country deserves after a long, long dark winter that we’ve all endured.”
One of the more eye-catching perks dangled by the White House is free beer from brewing company Anheuser-Busch, which is asking of-age people
to upload a photo of themselves at their "favorite place to grab a beer" to this website in order to snag a free drink when the US reaches that 70% mark.
“That’s right. Get a shot and have a beer. Free beer for everyone 21 and up to celebrate our independence from the virus,” Biden said. It is unclear how Anheuser-Busch intends to distribute the drinks.
Major League Baseball
stadiums will also provide on-site vaccinations
and free tickets to those who get vaccinated in June.
Other new initiatives in collaboration with the private sector include chances to win free cruises, Super Bowl tickets, gift cards, flights, and other cash prizes if vaccinated (a complete list of vaccine-related opportunities can be found here).
The National Month of Action also includes several initiatives to make it easier for people to get vaccinated, particularly those in underserved communities, such as extended hours at thousands of pharmacies; nationwide canvassing, phone banking, and texting; and a “Shots at the Shop” initiative in which Black-owned barbershops and beauty salons will host vaccine clinics and educate their coworkers.
KinderCare, Learning Care Group, the YMCA, and Bright Horizons, four of the country's largest child care providers, will also provide free child care to any parents and caregivers who are getting vaccinated or recovering from vaccination until July 4.
The latest tally from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
shows that Biden's administration is close to meeting its 70% target, with nearly 63% of adults fully vaccinated.