COVID vaccine freebies: Companies offer rewards, incentives to those who get the shot


CLEVELAND (WJW) — Have you received the coronavirus vaccine? Several businesses are rewarding people who take initiative to get vaccinated.

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The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is underway. All Ohioans, ages 12 and older, will be eligible to receive the vaccine starting May, Thursday, May 13.

As more Americans are getting vaccinated, companies are offering incentives to get the shot. The following is a list of goodies you can cash in on after getting fully vaccinated:


Budweiser is offering a free round of beer for anyone over the age of 21 who can show they have been vaccinated.

The first 10,000 people to register at and upload a picture of an “I got vaccinated” sticker, a picture of a band-aid or a selfie at a vaccination location will receive a $5.00 virtual debit card.

Welcome back, Buds.
Get a round on us when you show you’ve been vaccinated at

— Budweiser (@budweiserusa) April 15, 2021

The debit card can be redeemed for a single Budweiser beer.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Vaccinated fans can grab 2 Loudville tickets for $21 on May 4, May 5 or May 10.

Cleveland Cinemas

Cleveland Cinemas is offering a free popcorn to those who can show a valid vaccination card.

The promotion runs between March 26 and April 30. It applies to any vaccinated patron of either the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights or Chagrin Cinemas in Chagrin Falls.

Vaccination cards must be for the person who is attending the movie screening.

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Cleveland Indians

$5 off tickets to select games for fans who have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme is offering a free Original Glazed doughnut to those with a vaccine record card until Dec. 31. Customers can get their free doughnut “anytime, any day, even every day.”

The free treat is available at any Krispy Kreme shop nationwide, no purchase necessary.

We’d like to show sweet support to those who have received the COVID-19 Vaccine. Starting today, bring your Vaccine Card to a Krispy Kreme shop and get 1 FREE Original Glazed doughnut. No chance to get your Vaccine? This will run thru end of 2021. Info at

— Krispy Kreme (@krispykreme) March 22, 2021

Since many people are not yet eligible to get vaccinated, the long-term promotion gives people a chance to get in on the deal.


Target has begun offering COVID-19 vaccinations to shoppers and staff, who will be eligible to receive a $5 coupon to the store upon vaccination. Target is partnering with CVS at Target locations for the deal. Vaccine appointments are available at “nearly all” Target stores.

White Castle

White Castle is giving a free dessert-on-a-stick to anyone who has received a COVID-19 vaccine “to celebrate customer vaccinations and the promise of brighter days ahead,” the company has announced.

Through May 31, anyone with proof of vaccination can get one of four versions of the dessert on a stick: Gooey Buttercake-on-a-Stick, Fudge Dipped Brownie-on-a-Stick, Fudge Dipped Cheesecake-on-a-Stick and, as of earlier this month, its Birthday Cake-on-a-Stick to mark the burger chain’s 100th birthday this year. No purchase is necessary.

✅COVID-19 Vaccine
✅Free Dessert On-A-Stick

Show your proof of your COVID-19 vaccination for a FREE Dessert On-A-Stick at your local White Castle!!

— White Castle (@WhiteCastle) April 22, 2021

“This ‘vax for snacks’ effort is just another way to support our communities as we make our way through this pandemic,” Jamie Richardson, a vice president at White Castle, said in a statement. “Our desire is for all of our friends, neighbors and Cravers near and far to enjoy good health. For those getting vaccinated we are here to celebrate with you!”

This list will be updated as more vaccine incentives are released.


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