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Free beer, doughnuts and $1 million: Incentives to get your COVID-19 vaccine

Companies and governments are giving away money, doughnuts, scholarships and even marijuana in a bid to get as many people vaccinated as possible.

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Beer, doughnuts, free food and money are just some of the perks you can win by getting your COVID-19 vaccine.

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Do you like free stuff? We already know the answer to that. And boy, do we have good news for you: Not only will your COVID-19 vaccine help protect you from the virus, but it can get you so much free stuff. Companies, organizations and state and local governments are offering incentives to people getting their coronavirus vaccines -- just show your vaccine card

These incentives are especially helpful in urging more people to get both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. As of this week, 64% of US adults have received at least one vaccine dose, but recent data has shown that some people are skipping the second shot. And though the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has pointed out the mild side effects that most people experience after the second vaccine shot, those side effects still don't compare to actually having COVID-19. If having to get two shots is part of the concern, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is just one dose. 

Aside from brands offering incentives, some employers are also offering a perk, whether it's paid time off or a cash bonus. If you aren't sure whether there's a perk, ask your employer -- you might be pleasantly surprised. To take advantage of all these perks on offer, you have to do your part and get vaccinated. Regularly updated, here's everything your vaccine card will get you.

Nationwide perks for getting vaccinated

Anheuser-Busch

The next round is on this brewery giant if the US meets the White House goal of getting 70% of Americans vaccinated by the Fourth of July. When 70% of Americans have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine, all adults aged 21 and older are eligible for a free beer after they upload a photo of themselves in their "favorite place to grab a beer" to MyCooler.com/beer. Applicants will be given a $5 virtual gift card for an Anheuser-Busch product. 

CVS Health

Until July 10, those who've received a COVID-19 vaccine at CVS, or can prove they're registered to get vaccinated at CVS, can enter the #OneStepCloser sweepstakes to win prizes including a seven-day cruise on the Norwegian Cruise Line, VIP Super Bowl LVI tickets, VIP iHeartRadio Music Festival tickets and more. Adults age 18 and older who got vaccinated at a CVS location can enter the sweepstakes.

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If you got your COVID-19 vaccine at CVS Health, you could win a seven-day cruise for two on the Norwegian Cruise Line. 

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Free child care

According to a White House press release on President Joe Biden's "National Month of Action," four of the country's major child care providers will provide free daycare for parents during their vaccine appointment. KinderCare and Learning Care Group will offer drop-in care for any parent while they get vaccinated or recover from vaccination; Bright Horizons will offer free childcare to parents employed at participating organizations; and over 500 YMCA locations will also offer drop-in care for vaccine appointments. 

Krispy Kreme

You can get a free Original Glazed Doughnut at any Krispy Kreme by showing your vaccination card. As long as you've gotten at least one shot, you can get one free doughnut per day through the end of 2021. 

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Krispy Kreme is giving away free doughnuts to people who show they've received a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Kroger Health 

Kroger is giving five people who got COVID-19 vaccines at a Kroger Health location $1 million, as well as 50 people free groceries for a year. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, a resident of the US and have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a Kroger facility (adult Kroger employees are also eligible, regardless of where they got vaccinated). The 50 people who win groceries will be given a $13,000 Kroger gift card. The last day to enter the contest is July 10. 

Office Depot, OfficeMax and Staples

Through July 25, you can bring your vaccination card to your local StaplesOfficeMax or Office Depot to get it laminated for free. But be aware that some experts say you shouldn't laminate your vaccination card, because if you do, more information can't be added to it, including a second dose date for the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or any booster shots you may need down the line.

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Uber and Lyft

Both Uber and Lyft are offering assistance to help people get to vaccine centers and pharmacies to get their shots. You can also help out with this effort by donating rides to those in need directly through the companies.

United Airlines

The UA Your Shot to Fly program is giving the airline's MileagePlus members a chance to win free flights for a year, or a free roundtrip flight. To be eligible, you must be a MileagePlus member and upload your vaccination card to your account by June 22. Five grand prize winners will win free flights for a year, and 30 winners will win a roundtrip flight for two. 

Statewide and regional perks and lotteries

California

All vaccinated Californians are automatically registered in the biggest statewide vaccine lottery yet. On June 15, 10 people will be selected to win $1.5 million each. Thirty people will win $50,000 -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced half the winners on June 4, and the other half will be revealed on June 15. If any of the winners happen to be under age 18, their winnings will be deposited in a savings account they can access after turning 18. People age 12 and older are eligible as long as they received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Additionally, starting May 27, the first 2 million people to get vaccinated will receive $50 grocery gift cards. 

Colorado

The "Colorado Comeback Cash" sweepstakes will give five vaccinated Colorado residents $1 million each in a statewide lottery. Most vaccinated people in Colorado will be automatically entered through the Colorado Immunization Information System, which will draw a winner each week starting June 4 and ending on July 7. To be eligible, you need to be at least 18 years old and have received at least one shot of Pfizer or Moderna, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

You can get vaccinated and enter any day before June 30, but because your information may take a few days to process through the CIIS, you'll want to get vaccinated as soon as possible to be eligible for multiple drawings.

Maryland

The state of Maryland is offering a $100 incentive to state employees who get vaccinated. Employees must be fully vaccinated and show proof to their HR departments. The state is also requiring these people to comply with a booster shot if that becomes necessary.

Michigan

The city of Detroit is offering a $50 gift card to people who offer rides to those going to get their vaccines. Those who want to do this have to set up the appointments for those who need rides through the Good Neighbor program by calling 313-230-0505. 

Newly vaccinated people enjoy a free beer after getting their coronavirus shots during a walk-up clinic at the Kennedy Center's outdoor Reach area in Washington, DC.

Some breweries around the US are offering free beer to those who flash their coronavirus vaccine cards.

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New York

New Yorkers who got their first dose of Pfizer or their only dose of Johnson & Johnson were given a scratch-off lottery ticket with a grand prize of up to $5 million. The program was initially set to run from May 24 to May 28, but it has been extended until at least June 11 at selected vaccination sites. The ticket is free (normally it costs $20), and only people who haven't been vaccinated yet are eligible. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a free ticket offer for the New York Yankees and the New York Mets for those who are vaccinated. 

Ohio 

The state of Ohio is offering five vaccinated people $1 million. Anyone who is over the age of 18 and has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can enter a lottery, with the first drawing on May 26 and follow-up drawings each Wednesday until five people have won $1 million, according to Governor Mike DeWine. 

For kids between the ages of 12 and 18, who are now eligible for a Pfizer vaccine, there's a separate drawing for a four-year full scholarship to any of Ohio's state universities. Five vaccinated kids will win a scholarship. 

More information on the lotteries and how to enter will be announced by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Lottery Commission the week before the first drawing. 

The Cincinnati Reds are offering $10 tickets to people with proof of at least one shot, and the Cleveland Indians are also offering discounted tickets for select May games. 

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Some areas are giving away money if you get your coronavirus vaccine.

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Oregon

Oregon is giving one vaccinated person in each of the state's 36 counties $10,000 -- pretty good odds if you're in Gilliam County (1 in 616), KGW8 reported. Additionally, one vaccinated resident will win $1 million on June 28. All residents over age 18 who've received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by June 27 will be eligible. Five $100,000 scholarships through the Oregon College Savings Plan will also be offered to vaccinated students between the ages of 12 and 17. 

Washington

On June 7, Washington state announced its Joints for Jabs promotion, which will allow state-licensed cannabis retailers to give away one marijuana joint to vaccinated adults age 21 and older. The offer will be in effect at participating cannabis stores until July 12. Washington has a similar promotion involving alcohol, opening the door for participating retailers to give an alcoholic beverage to vaccinated adults. 

West Virginia

In April, Gov. Jim Justice announced residents of West Virginia between the ages of 16 and 35 can get a $100 savings bond if they get vaccinated. From June 10 through Aug. 4, the state will run a bigger vaccine incentive program, which includes a $1.588 million grand prize, full scholarships to a West Virginia higher education institution, state park vacations, trucks, lifetime fishing and hunting licenses and custom-made rifles and guns. Fully vaccinated West Virginians will need to register to enter, and this article will be updated when a registration website becomes available. 

How to find other perks in your area

Plenty of other businesses, including local sports teams, are offering incentives to get vaccinated. The best way to find them is to keep tuned in to your local news. Both TV news and newspapers will inform you of what perks you can find in your area. You can also scout places on Facebook, especially if you live in an area that has its own Facebook community for happenings like this.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.