Vaccine freebies: NY, NJ roll out incentives to get more vaccinated

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NEW YORK — Haven’t been vaccinated yet? New York and New Jersey offered several incentives for residents to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

From free park admissions and beer to free scratch-and-win tickets that give you the chance to win up to $5 million, local officials are offering great deals to get vaccinated — which is also free. 

New York freebies

NY vaccine lottery scratch-offs incentive extended

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday the state’s “Vax and Scratch” COVID-19 vaccine incentive program will be extended at 10 mass vaccination sites.

$1 million payout/free groceries for a year from Kroger

Through a collaboration with the Biden administration, the Kroger Health Community Immunity giveaway event will begin on June 3. Anyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine from any Kroger Health location can enter for a shot to win one of five $1 million payouts, totaling $5 million in cash prizes.

Full-tuition scholarships

NYC weekly contests

  • New prizes weekly
  • Anyone 18+ automatically invited to enter contest after first dose at NYC-run sites
  • Offered through early July
  • Prizes: Staycation packages, concert tickets, Broadway shows and more

Free tickets to NYC museums, parks, etc

New York City is opening more vaccination sites at several popular locations, which will offer free tickets and passes.

  • The Brooklyn Children’s Museum: Get vaccinated, get a free same-day ticket and family pass for a future visit
  • Bronx Zoo: Get vaccinated, get free tickets for a future visit
  • Coney Island Aquarium – get vaccinated, get free tickets for a future visit
  • NYC is also offering free tickets to New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Public Theater memberships, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Cyclones games, NYC football club, NYC ferry, Governors Ball
  • Mobile vaccine site outside Barclay’s Center: Get free merchandise.

Gift Cards/tickets to attractions

  • New York City Football Club tickets
  • Brooklyn Cyclones tickets
  • NYC Ferry 10-Ride Pass
  • Statue of Liberty and accompanying ferry ticket
  • NYC Public Markets gift cards ($25)
  • Public Theater annual membership
  • Two-week membership to Citibike
  • Snug Harbor family membership
  • Family fun wristband and free ride on the Cyclone at Luna Park in Coney Island

Free Shake Shack

New Jersey freebies

$1 million payout/free groceries for a year from Kroger

Through a collaboration with the Biden administration, the Kroger Health Community Immunity giveaway event will begin on June 3. Anyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine from any Kroger Health location can enter for a shot to win one of five $1 million payouts, totaling $5 million in cash prizes.

Free state park pass

  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will offer a free “State Parks Vax Pass” to all residents who get at least one dose of a COVID vaccine by July 4. The pass, which is of the same value as the annual State Parks Pass, will allow free access to any state park that charges entrance or parking fees from May 27 through Dec. 31. The DEP will also issue refunds to residents who have already purchased a State Parks Pass for 2021 if they show their vaccination card.

Nationwide freebies

Free beer

Free beer is the latest White House-backed incentive for Americans to get vaccinated for COVID-19, as President Joe Biden announces a “month of action.”

Anheuser-Busch announced it would “buy Americans 21+ a round of beer” once Biden’s 70% goal is met through a promotional giveaway on its website that will provide $5 credits to the first 200,000 people to respond when the nation reaches the vaccine threshold.

Krispy Kreme

You can get a free doughnut every day by showing your vaccination card at any Krispy Kreme store in the United States. No purchase required. Having either one or both shots will get you the free donut.

Target

Target is giving away a $5 coupon if you get vaccinated at one of the CVS pharmacies in its stores.

Staples and Office Depot

Office supply stores Staples and Office Depot are offering free lamination services for vaccination cards. But beware, some have warned not to laminate your vaccine card as the process may cause the ink to run and become illegible.

Sam Adams

Beer maker Sam Adams will CashApp you $7 if you’re one of the first 10,000 people who post evidence of vaccination (a selfie or photo of a vaccine card) on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ShotForSam.

Super Bowl tickets

Fifty vaccinated people will win free tickets to Super Bowl LVI in February 2022 in Los Angeles. All you have to do is earn points on the Global Citizen website by sharing your vaccination status, then entering those points for the Super Bowl giveaway. There’s other chances to win tickets to major events as well, including Live Nation concerts, the NASCAR Daytona 500 and MLB, NBA and NHL games.

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