Garden State residents now have a liquid incentive to get the coronavirus vaccine if they haven’t already.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) on Monday announced a statewide initiative that offers free beer to those injected with COVID-19 in May. To date, 13 breweries participate in the “Shot and a Beer” program, which applies to residents aged 21 and over who present a valid vaccination card.
Other sites are expected to join the program in the coming weeks.
“We’re not going to be afraid to try new things,” Murphy said at a press briefing Monday. “That’s the only reason I regret waiting for my first shot. That’s all I can say.”
The “Shot and a Beer” program is being rolled out as part of “Operation Jersey Summer,” aimed at boosting COVID-19 vaccinations across the state. During the briefing, Murphy doubled his previously stated goal of having 4.7 million residents fully immunized – or 70% of his state’s eligible population – by June 30.
“Over the next eight weeks, we’ll do everything we can to make sure that all New Jersey residents recognize that the vaccines in our toolkit are safe and effective,” he said. “We will do everything we can to make sure everyone understands that our ability to end this pandemic and get our economy and communities back on their feet and to function fully again requires that we continue to work together and get vaccinated.
New Jersey is not the first state to adopt such an initiative. Last week, Connecticut announced “CT Drinks on Us,” offering vaccinated residents a free drink of their choice at participating restaurants. In West Virginia, residents between the ages of 16 and 35 can receive a $ 100 savings bond once they show proof of vaccination.
A total of 3.1 million people are believed to have been fully vaccinated in New Jersey on Monday. Demand for jabs across the state, however, has declined sharply in recent times, mirroring the national trend.
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