4 free perks you can get after getting vaccinated, from doughnuts to free CDC card lamination and beer

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Covid-19 vaccine cards help you remember when to get your second shot.

  • Some companies are giving customers free rewards for getting vaccinated.
  • Krispy Kreme and Staples have publicly promised doughnuts and laminated CDC cards.
  • Smaller businesses, like dispensaries, are also giving away local perks.
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As more Americans become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, some companies are offering perks for customers who can prove they’ve been inoculated.

Some employers are also offering incentives for employees to get vaccinated, as Insider has covered. These perks, though, are available to anyone.

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Krispy Kreme

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Krispy Kreme doughnuts go into production at the opening of the store at Harrods in London, October, 3, 2003.

Krispy Kreme will give away a free glazed doughnut to anyone who comes in with a COVID-19 vaccination card through the end of 2021, the company announced Monday.

“Whatever little things brands can do to help make it past the pandemic are good things,” Chief Marketing Office Dave Skena told Insider in a phone call. There are no limits on the free doughnuts, so a vaccinated person could potentially go every day.

Staples

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A family leaves the Staples store in Broomfield, Colorado Aug. 17, 2011 as the back-to-school shopping season begins.

Staples is offering free lamination of vaccine cards around the country to help with safekeeping.

Cards can be laminated after the holder receives the second dose, for vaccines that require two doses, Staples told Insider. The offer is valid through May 1, an extension from the earlier April 3 date.

Sam Adams

Sam Adams created craft beer craze

Samuel Adams says it will buy a beer for the first 10,000 people to share evidence of their COVID-19 vaccine on social media beginning April 12. Then the company will send $7 through Cash App to buy a beer. The promotion is called #ShotsforSam.

Drop Technologies

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E-commerce company Drop is giving $50 credits to people who take a vaccine selfie with #DropCovid and tag @JoinDrop on Instagram. The credits can be redeemed for gift cards to Amazon, Uber, Door Dash, and Sephora.

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Office Depot jumps 20% after Staples offers to buy the company for $2.1 billion

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A view of the Office Depot store in Annapolis, Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

  • The parent company of Office Depot surged as much as 20% on Monday after Staples offered to acquire the company for $40 per share, or $2.1 billion.
  • This would be Staples’ third attempt at buying Office Depot in the last 25 years. In 2015, the FTC said Staples’ proposed acquisition of Office Depot for more than $6 billion would violate anti-trust law.
  • Staples went private in 2017 after it sold itself to Sycamore Partners.
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The ODP Corporation, parent company of Office Depot, soared as much as 20% on Monday after Staples offered to buy the company for the third time in 25 years.

In a letter sent to the board of directors of ODP, Staples offered $40 per share for Office Depot, or $2.1 billion. Staples last tried to acquire Office Depot for more than $6 billion, but the proposed merger was declined by the FTC due to anti-trust concerns.

Staples also tried to acquire Office Depot in 1997. The current offer represents a 61% premium over the average trading price of Office Depot over the past 90 days. 

Staples went private in 2017 after selling itself to Sycamore Partners and affiliates of Staples currently own about 5% of outstanding shares of Office Depot. 

“Staples has sufficient resources to finance the transaction, so our obligation to proceed with the transaction is not subject to a financing contingency,” the letter said.

Staples would be prepared to sell some units of Office Depot to unlock value and escape antitrust concerns from US regulators, according to the letter.

And in the event that Office Depot and Staples can not agree on a deal, Staples plans to launch an all-cash tender offer for 100% of ODP stock in March.

In a statement, Office Depot confirmed receipt of the letter from Staples and said it would carefully review “the proposal with its financial and legal advisors to determine the course of action that it believes is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders.”

Both companies expect a six month regulatory review process if the deal moves forward.

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