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McDonald’s, White House Partner to Promote Coronavirus Vaccine

U.S. News & World Report logo U.S. News & World Report 5/11/2021 Alexa Lardieri
a sign above a store: McDonald's has closed 12 restaurants across Melbourne for deep cleaning after an external delivery driver tested positive for COVID-19. © (Daniel Pockett/Getty Images) McDonald's has closed 12 restaurants across Melbourne for deep cleaning after an external delivery driver tested positive for COVID-19.

McDonald's is partnering with the White House to promote coronavirus vaccine information on its coffee cups as America's vaccination rate declines.

The fast food chain announced on Tuesday that it was redesigning its McCafe cups and delivery seal stickers to feature art from the national "We Can Do This" campaign, a slogan created by the Department of Health and Human Services to promote COVID-19 vaccinations across the U.S.

The redesigned coffee cups and stickers will hit stores in July and lead customers to vaccines.gov, where people can learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and find appointments to receive a shot near them.

"McDonald's is committed to making helpful information accessible to our customers, who are encouraged to share the campaign using #WeCanDoThis to inspire others to learn more about what they can do to help end the pandemic," the company said.


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Additionally, later this month, vaccine information will be displayed on the company's billboard above Times Square in New York City.

"We all want to protect ourselves and our loved ones and be together with our communities again. McDonald's is excited to be doing our part for the people we serve, providing them with simple information that can help keep them safe," Genna Gent, vice president for global public policy and government relations, said. "This is a team effort – it takes all of us. We're proud to enter this partnership to provide trusted, independently verified information about COVID-19 vaccines to our customers in the nearly 14,000 communities we serve."

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said that, thanks to this partnership, "people will now be able to get trusted information about vaccines when they grab a cup of coffee or order a meal."

"Ending this pandemic requires all of us working together to do our part, including encouraging our friends and family to get vaccinated. This effort will help more people make informed decisions about their health and learn about steps they can take to protect themselves and their communities," Becerra added.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 152 million people have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., but the vaccination rate has declined from its peak last month.

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