With the federal government upping its efforts to get more Americans vaccinated against COVID-19, several Omaha-area grocery chains are offering incentives to shoppers willing to get the shot.
Iowa-based Hy-Vee announced Monday that it will give a $10 gift card to each customer who completes their vaccination at one of the chain’s pharmacies by Nov. 11.
COVID-19 vaccines are available at Hy-Vee pharmacies free of charge. No appointment is necessary.
People receiving a two-dose vaccine, either Pfizer or Moderna, must receive the second shot at Hy-Vee in order to receive the gift card.
Baker’s is incentivizing people with a reward that is less certain but far larger.
Kroger, Baker’s parent company, announced Thursday that it was giving away five $1 million checks to motivate people to receive the vaccine.
From now through July 10, the company will give away a $1 million check each week. People must receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a Kroger-owned location and register online to be eligible for the giveaway.
Along with the checks, the company will be selecting 10 people each week to receive “free groceries for a year,” which Kroger said is valued at $13,000 each.
Additional information is at KrogerGiveaway.com.
Both announcements come as the federal government bolsters plans to increase vaccination rates. President Joe Biden has set a goal of getting 70% of adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4.
Of the 1.9 million people in Nebraska, 43.3% are fully vaccinated, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard. Another 5.9% are partially vaccinated.
The Pfizer vaccine is available for people 12 and older. The Moderna vaccine and single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine are available for anyone 18 and older.
This report contains material from the Associated Press.