COVID-19 College Challenge: The Administration is launching the COVID-19 College Challenge, where colleges and universities can take a pledge and commit to taking action to get their students and communities vaccinated by going to WhiteHouse.gov/COVIDCollegeChallenge and signing up. As part of the challenge, the Administration will provide resources like training sessions, toolkits, and educational material to assist colleges and universities in vaccination efforts; facilitate on-site vaccinations at schools; and launch a student corps within the COVID-19 Community Corps to recognize and activate students across the country who are taking extraordinary efforts to draw young people out to get vaccinated and engage the youth community. More than 200 colleges in 43 states have already taken the pledge and committed to the COVID-19 College Challenge. This challenge builds on the Administration’s work to facilitate partnerships between more than 60 community colleges and pharmacies in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program to provide pop-up vaccination clinics at high-enrollment community colleges between now and July 4th.
INCENTIVES FROM BUSINESSES
Anheuser-Busch will give away free beer to all adults over the age of 21 in America on July 4th to celebrate the country’s progress against COVID.
CVS launched a sweepstakes for vaccinated people to win free cruises, tickets to Super Bowl LVI, and cash prizes.
Door Dash will give $2 million in gift cards to the National Association of Community Health Centers to incentivize vaccinations.
Major League Baseball teams will offer on-site vaccinations at games and give free tickets to those who get vaccinated.
Microsoft will give away thousands of Xboxes to Boys and Girls Clubs in hard-hit areas who will run promotions and educational seminars about the importance of vaccinations in hard-hit and hard-to-reach communities.
Kroger launched a “Community Immunity” program to give $1 million to a vaccinated person every week in June and give dozens of vaccinated Americans free groceries for a year.
United Airlines launched the “Your Shot to Fly” Sweepstakes for Mileage Plus members to win a year of free flights or a roundtrip for two in any class of service.
These announcements and incentives are in addition to the existing ones established in the last few weeks.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced on Tuesday that all residents who get a COVID-19 vaccine will be enrolled in the chance to win a college scholarship, a tricked-out truck, or hunting rifles, in addition to a $1.588 million grand prize. In April, Gov justice said persons ages 16 to 35 who got vaccinated could get a $100 savings bond. The program mentioned, which will run from June 20 through Aug. 4, will be paid for through federal pandemic relief funds.
Massachusetts is offering incentives to vaccine holdouts and will offer a $25 Market Basket gift card to people who get vaccinated at mobile clinics set up at the stores beginning Thursday. “We know these are convenient community locations. They’re very heavily traveled, as anybody who’s ever been to one knows,” Baker said, announcing mobile clinics at Market Baskets in five hard-hit communities during a Wednesday press conference in Chelsea. “We encourage all residents to come down and get their vaccine while they’re doing their shopping.”
Nationwide, people no longer need to wear a mask if they have been vaccinated.
All of the increased competition and incentives are designed to encourage every citizen’s help in ending the pandemic.