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What freebies can you get for getting the covid-19 vaccine in Florida?

In an effort to encourage more residents to get vaccinated, Florida businesses are offering “freebies” and discounts to those who have been poked.

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What freebies can you get for getting the covid-19 vaccine in Florida?
LUIS ACOSTA AFP

In late mid-April, the Sunshine state was administering about one million covid-19 vaccine doses a week, nearly a month later that number has dropped to a little more than 600,000. As of 22 May, Florida has vaccinated around thirty-six percent of its residents, far short of the levels needed to reach herd immunity. The story is more positive within the senior population where the state has managed to inoculate seventy-three percent of residents over sixty-five.

The decrease in demand for vaccines is becoming an increasing problem, and some in the private sector have jumped in the fight to help.

Miami

For Miami residents with a sweet tooth, Krispy Kreme is offering one free glazed donut to anyone vaccinated. A vaccination card must be shown in order to receive the freebie. The Vitamin Shop, which offers options for the more health-conscious can receive a free juice or snack.

In addition, the Miami Herald compiled a list of over a dozen local business that are offering discounts, free food, drinks, and even shoes. Some businesses participating include Abbott Flowers who is offering one free bunch and Spirs Artisan Pizza who will give away one free dessert to a vaccinated person.

Central Florida

Lake County officials noticed that vaccination rates were decreasing and came up with an innovative way to incentive vaccinations, a county-wide-discount card.  In partnership with the county, a few businesses are offering deals for those who have been vaccinated including “gyms, event companies, and travel agencies, like TDJ Travel, which is offering a $100 credit.” The offer ends on 31 May.

Increasing vaccine demand

Very little information is available online as to how Florida officials hope to incentivize more residents to get vaccinated. As more businesses begin to offer discounts and freebies, there could be greater uptake but to date, these efforts have not led to a rush to get vaccinated.

Various polls have shown that Republicans are more likely to forego vaccination. Some in the state are pushing former president Trump to come out more forcefully in support of the vaccine to encourage those who support him to get their shots.