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Here's All the Free Stuff You Can Get With Your COVID Vaccine Card

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As if the potential to gain protection from COVID-19 wasn’t enough to get you lining up for your shot, now businesses are offering their own incentives for vaccination. Two weeks ago, Krispy Kreme became the pioneer and made national news with their announcement of free doughnuts for an entire year. But now, all sorts of companies have begun offering everything from free rides to meals for those who are vaccinated.

For most of these offers, all you’ll need is your COVID-19 vaccine card handy as proof of your jab. 

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts


Perhaps, the most popular of the offerings is Krispy Kreme, with their offer of a free original glazed doughnut to customers who show their vaccine cards for the rest of the year. You can get a free doughnut every day through the rest of 2021. 

Vaccine Card Lamination

In order to protect that precious vaccination card, several companies are now offering free lamination for the document. 

Staples announced they’d be offering free lamination for your vaccine card first, with the offer set to expire on April 3. They’ve since extended the offer until July 31. The coupon code for the lamination is 81450 and the deal is in-store only. It should only be done after a second vaccine dose is marked on the card, or after one dose of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Office Depot and OfficeMax stores are also now offering free lamination for vaccine cards through July 25. You can find the coupon here. 

Some archivists are warning against laminating vaccine cards, since it could smudge the print or damage the card over time if you're seeking to preserve it long-term. More immediately, lamination means the card can't be updated if we start needing booster shots.

Ubers and Lyfts

You can score a free ride on both ride-share platforms, but you don’t exactly need to be vaccinated first. Both Lyft and Uber are offering free or discounted rides to and from the vaccination center where your vaccine appointment is located. However, these deals may not be available in every state just yet.

Restaurant Discounts

Several restaurant establishments have begun offering discounts or free food nationwide for those who’ve been vaccinated. So it may be worth checking out any deals being offered in your area. For example, in New York, Nathan’s Famous is giving out free hot dogs at its Coney Island location to anyone on the day of their vaccine appointment until the end of April. In Chicago, Village Tap is offering $10 gift cards, until they reach $10,000 worth, to any customer who shows proof of vaccination. Over in the Bay Area, Super Duper Burgers is hanging out free fries to customers who’ve been vaccinated. 

Cash

Several companies are offering their employees a cash bonus for getting vaccinated, so it’s worth checking with your employer for any potential opportunities. Kroger is offering employees $100 in store credit for getting a shot and Publix is offering employees a $125 gift card. Petco is giving employees a $75 bonus for getting vaccinated. And many companies are offering paid time off to go get vaccinated. For example, Target, McDonald’s, Aldi, Trader Joe's, and Dollar General are all offering employees up to 4 hours of paid time off to go get vaccinated. 

Marijuana

Some dispensaries are even offering free marijuana with proof of vaccination. In Phoenix, the Mint Dispensary is offering free edibles to customers 21 and over who show their vaccine card. In Michigan, a “Pots for Shots” program at Greenhouse of Walled Lake is offering a free pre-rolled joint to anyone 21 and over who’s been vaccinated. 

The information in this article is current as of the date listed, which means newer information may be available when you read this. For the most recent updates on COVID-19, visit our coronavirus news page.

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