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White Castle Is the Latest to Offer Vaccinated People Free Dessert

Good Housekeeping logo Good Housekeeping 4/30/2021 Zee Krstic
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  • National retailers and brands are following in Krispy Kreme's footsteps by offering fully vaccinated individuals free items, deals and discounts.
  • Recently, Budweiser and White Castle joined the growing list of retailers and brands offering freebies and serious deals to those who receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Customers simply need to display their completed COVID-19 vaccine card to enjoy these benefits and free items in their own neighborhood.

Those who complete their COVID-19 vaccination series will have a shiny new vaccine card to show off to friends and family, and more than that, they'll be able to resume some pre-pandemic activities. Retailers and brands are looking to help vaccinated people celebrate, too, as many businesses are gearing up to welcome returning customers or guests this year.

Krispy Kreme started a bit of a media storm after announcing an offer for a free daily donut to anyone who presents their vaccine card through the end of 2021. While reactions were certainly mixed, many have expressed gratitude for the offer on its own. It's all led to other brands coming up with their own ways to reward those willing and able to work against the spread of COVID-19.

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Slowly but surely, more retailers and brands are rolling out fun discounts and offers for free items to those who can display their CDC-issued vaccine card. White Castle is offering a free slice of birthday cake on a stick, a menu item known to the chain's fans as"Dessert On-A-Stick", through the end of May. And Budweiser recently joined Samuel Adams in offering vaccinated individuals a free beer.

Below, we're recapping some of the most exciting offers for freebies and other serious deals for those who have been vaccinated. FYI: While some offers require you to take a vaccine selfie or photo, you should not post a picture of your actual COVID-19 vaccine card, per the BBB and FTC.

Claim these vaccine card deals and discounts now:

We'll update this list with more freebies, treats, deals and deep discounts as they become available!

  1. Krispy Kreme: As mentioned, customers can head to their local Krispy Kreme shop to pick up a free Original Glazed donut each and every day through 2021 after presenting their COVID-19 vaccine card. USA Today reports that the offer is valid at all locations across 41 different states, no purchase necessary.
  2. White Castle: Through the end of May, visit your local White Castle's drive-thru or dining room and flash your vaccine card to receive your free dessert.
  3. Samuel Adams: Hop to it! This Boston-bred lager brand is giving 10,000 beer fans $7 through Cash App (yes, really!) when they post a vaccine selfie on Twitter or Instagram. You simply need to use the hashtag #ShotForSam, according to our friends at Delish, to qualify for the cash handout, which should cover you at a bar of your choosing.
  4. Budweiser: Through May 16, U.S. residents over the age of 21 who can show proof of vaccination can redeem an offer for a"free round" of beer. You'll need to head to the"Reunite With Buds" giveaway portal to enter your information to qualify for a debit card, and sign up for MyCooler Rewards to cinch the deal.
  5. Staples: The office pros at this national retailer will laminate your vaccine card for free through May 1 if you use the coupon code 81540. A pro tip? Laminate a copy and not your original!
  6. Office Depot (and Office Max): Like Staples, customers at one of these office suppliers can cash in on a free lamination of a COVID-19 vaccine card. Use the coupon code 52516714 through July 25, and you'll also receive a free scanned copy of your original card as well.
  7. Nathan's: Who doesn't love a hot diggity dawg? This homegrown chain is giving away a free hot dog to anyone who brings in their vaccine card with them to lunch. The catch? The promotion is only valid for customers who visit the chain's original location in Coney Island. But we have a sneaky feeling that local stores could potentially honor the deal, too — just call ahead.
  8. Junior's Cheesecake: It's a local deal for those living in downtown Brooklyn, but Junior's fans can receive a free mini cheesecake or cupcake-sized cheesecakes through Memorial Day, according to the New York Daily News.
  9. Cincinnati Reds (MLB): Take me out to the ballgame! Baseball fans can snag discounted tickets to upcoming Reds' weekday games for just $10 by showing their vaccine cards at the box office.
  10. Drop: This shopping rewards platform is encouraging users to share a vaccine selfie on Instagram using the hashtag #DropCOVID — those who do can be rewarded with up to $50 in points on the platform. Those rewards can be used to get gift cards from brands like Sephora and Amazon. Per its website, you'll need post the photo on a public profile and tag @JoinDrop.
  11. John Hancock: Have you purchased life insurance through John Hancock? When you join its Vitality rewards program, you can share that you've received a COVID-19 vaccine to receive 400 reward points.
  12. Uber: Partnering with a trio national nonprofit organizations, Uber is working with local organizations and municipal staff in cities across America to provide more than 10 million free or discounted rides to vaccine sites. You don't need a vaccine card to benefit from Uber's community vaccine rideshare program; rather, you'll need to get in contact with city officials to inquire about the program to get a free or discounted ride to a nearby vaccine site if you need one. If you've yet to schedule a vaccine appointment, Uber has also launched a new program where you can book one (and a ride to your appointment!) using its app.
  13. Lyft: In a similar move, Lyft has launched what they call a Vaccine Access Program, one that's self-regulated and can be accessed by individuals here. In also partnering with CVS, Lyft is working to provide free or discounted transportation to vaccine clinics in communities in need.

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