- The White House announced a new goal to get 70% of Americans at least partially vaccinated by July 4.
- The announcement included a variety of incentives to getting vaccinated, such as free flights for a year.
- If 70% of the country gets vaccinated, Anheuser-Busch said the company would distribute free beer.
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The White House announced a bevy of incentives for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday in an effort to get 70% of US adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4.
As of June 2, approximately 63.8% of US adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The country will need to vaccinate around 625,000 people per day to reach the target percentage.
If the country reaches President Joe Biden’s 70% vaccination goal, Anheuser-Busch agreed to give free beer to all adults older than 21 (though it’s unclear how the drinks would be distributed).
Additional incentives listed by the White House include:
- Sweepstakes for 2022 DAYTONA 500 tickets from NASCAR
- 25% discount on NFL merchandise and a chance to win 50 tickets for the next Super Bowl
- Free tickets to MLB fans who get vaccinated at a game in June
- 30% off of stadium merchandise and a chance to win tickets to the 2021 MLS All-Star Game
- A chance to win Cruise tickets, Super Bowl tickets, and cash prizes from CVS
- Sweepstakes to win a year of free flights from United Airlines
- Free snack or drink from Vitamin Shoppe
In addition to incentives to get vaccinated, the Biden administration partnered with the following companies to give free childcare for caregivers and parents looking to receive the vaccine:
- Bright Horizons
- Learning Care Group
Ridesharing apps Uber and Lyft also announced they would provide free rides to vaccination sites.
While the US is close to reaching Biden’s 70% vaccination goal, polling shows that Democrats are far likelier to get vaccinated than their Republican counterparts. A PBS poll from early May showed that 96% of Democrats said they planned on getting vaccinated, compared to 59% of Republicans polled.