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Get vaccinated, get beer: That’s Anheuser-Busch’s pandemic promise

Beer and a shot. That’s the offer Anheuser-Busch is making to the remaining unvaccinated folks around the nation. 

What. you’d prefer something other than suds with your COVID-19 vaccine? No worries. Officials at St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, which operates a plant in Van Nuys, say they’ll spring for one of their other beverages, too.

To encourage people to get vaccinated against coronavirus, the makers of Budweiser this week said they will buy “America’s next round of beer, seltzer or non-alcoholic beverage” once the country reaches the goal of having 70% of the adult population vaccinated, according to a company statement. 

There’s a deadline: The brewmeisters have aligned with President Joe Biden, who aspired to have 70% of the nation inoculated by July 4.

If the nation gets its shots in time: To get a free beer, adults would need to upload a picture of themselves in their favorite place to grab a beer at 

Once the vaccine goal is achieved, the company will offer up $5 virtual debit cards that can be redeemed to purchase one Anheuser-Busch beverage.

“We pride ourselves on stepping up both in times of need and in times of great celebration, and the past year has been no different,” the company CEO Michel Doukeris said in the statement. “As we look ahead to brighter days with renewed optimism, we are proud to work alongside the White House to make a meaningful impact for our country, our communities and our consumers.”

Some experts believe Biden’s goal is achievable. A recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation said that 62% of Americans said they’d gotten at least one shot by May.

On Thursday, meanwhile,  the parent company of the Ralphs grocery store chain announced a COVID-19 vaccine incentive drive, offering people who get vaccinated at its stores a chance to win $1 million or free groceries for a year.

Dubbed the “#CommunityImmunity Giveaway, the program will award $1 million to five winners who get vaccinated at any Kroger Co. location and register online at Fifty people will win free groceries for a year.

“Since day one of this pandemic, Ralphs’ most urgent priority has been the health and safety of our associates, customers and communities,” according to a statement from Dr. Linh Lee, director of pharmacy at Ralphs. “Ralphs’ #CommunityImmunity Giveaway is designed to inspire more adults to get vaccinated and help Southern California recover and move ahead.”

The giveaway began Thursday and will continue through July 10, with one $1 million winner selected each week for five weeks, and 10 free-grocery winners chosen each week. The contest is open to anyone aged 18 or older who receives or has already received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose at a Kroger location, or at a mobile clinic staffed by Kroger healthcare staff. People must register online at to be eligible.

Both customers and Kroger employees are eligible to enter, as long as they are vaccinated at a Kroger location.

Kroger is also providing one-time $100 payments to employees who become fully vaccinated.

Leaders around the nation have offered an array of incentives to get more folks to roll up their sleeves and held end the pandemic.

On Friday, the state of California will hold the first of two planned drawings, awarding $50,000 in cash to 15 people who have been vaccinated. A second drawing will be held June 11 to pick another 15 winners. On June 15, the date the state is scheduled to lift the majority of its COVID-19 restrictions, the state will draw the names of 10 vaccinated residents, each of whom will receive $1.5 million.

Los Angeles County is also offering booty of its own.

Through Thursday, at all county-run vaccination sites, city sites and St. John’s Well Child and Family Center sites, everyone 18 and older getting their first COVID-19 vaccine will have an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the 2021-2022 home season of either the LA Kings or the LA Galaxy.

Two residents will be awarded prizes. The contest is also open to anyone receiving a second dose who brings another person with them to be vaccinated.

Beginning Friday and continuing until next Thursday, season tickets will be up for grabs for the Dodgers or the Los Angeles Football Club.

City News Service contributed to this report



Source: Orange County Register

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