Free beer is latest vaccine incentive for Biden ‘month of action’

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California to Offer $116.5 Million in Prizes toEncourage COVID-19 Vaccinations.California has launched a new initiative to incentivize residentsto get vaccinated against COVID-19 before June 15.June 15 is the day California ispreparing to fully reopen its economy. .The initiative, announced by Governor Gavin Newsom, will see$116.5 million in prizes awarded to vaccinated residents. .Beginning May 27, the first two million people to get the COVID-19 vaccine willreceive a $50 gift card for cash or groceries. .Beginning May 27, the first two million people to get the COVID-19 vaccine willreceive a $50 gift card for cash or groceries. .In addition, vaccinated individuals will be entered in a lottery,with 10 people winning $1.5 million each. .An additional 30 people will receive $50,000 each.For those who got their vaccines prior to thisannouncement, Newsom confirmed that they would still beentered in the lottery for the larger prizes. .Getting every eligibleCalifornian vaccinatedis how we bring ourstate roaring back fromthis pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom, via Reuters

WASHINGTON — Free beer is the latest White House-backed incentive for Americans to get vaccinated for COVID-19, as President Joe Biden is announcing a “month of action” Wednesday to get more shots into arms before the July 4 holiday.

Speaking from the White House, Biden is set to update the nation on the vaccination rollout and his plans to get 70% of adults partially vaccinated by Independence Day — essential to his goal of returning the nation to a pre-pandemic sense of normalcy this summer. The latest vaccine sweetener, provided by Anheuser-Busch, builds on other incentives including cash giveaways, sports tickets or paid leave, to keep up the pace of Americans getting shots.

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The White House said Biden's “month of action” will continue to use public and private-sector partnerships to encourage Americans to roll up their sleeves, drawing in businesses, social media influencers, colleges, celebrities and community organizations to help spread the word about the benefits of vaccination and to encourage them to get shots.

To date, 62.8% of the adult U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 133.6 million are fully vaccinated. The rate of new vaccinations has slowed again to an average below 600,000 per day, down from more than 800,000 per day when incentives such as lotteries were announced, and down from a peak of nearly 2 million per day in early April when demand for shots was much higher.

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Anheuser-Busch announced Wednesday morning that it would “buy Americans 21+ a round of beer” once Biden’s 70% goal is met through a promotional giveaway on its website that will provide $5 credits to the first 200,000 people to respond when the nation reaches the vaccine threshold.