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New Jersey ‘Beer and Shot’ program offers free beer to those who get vaccine

The state of New Jersey issued a new proposition for the month of May. Anyone who gets vaccinated will receive a free beer all month long. 

Just this week, Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey announced on Twitter that the state would be teaming up with over a dozen breweries across the state in a new “Shot and Beer” program to incentivise vaccinations. “We’re launching our ‘Shot and a Beer’ program to encourage eligible New Jerseyans ages 21+ to get vaccinated,” Murphy said. “Any New Jerseyan who gets their first vaccine dose in the month of May and takes their vaccination card to a participating brewery will receive a free beer.” Murphy continued, adding, “We are putting into overdrive our work to hit our initial target of 4.7 million vaccinated New Jerseyans by June 30th.”

According to NBC News, “The rollout is part of the state’s “Operation Jersey Summer,” which aims to encourage immunization and make the vaccine more available by offering walk-in appointments at mega-sites and other locations.” The state is also reaching out to residents in poorer, more inequitable areas with information on the vaccine, and helping residents make appointments to get their shots, according to the governor. New Jersey is partnering with religious leaders as well for the “Grateful for the Shot” program, which Murphy said “will make it possible for congregants to go directly from religious services to vaccination sites.”

Additionally, Governor Murphy announced the state would soon ease Covid-19 restrictions, like eliminating indoor dining capacity restrictions as long as parties are six feet apart and removing the limit on outdoor gatherings. “As of Monday, New Jersey has administered over four million doses, and 37 percent of the population in the state is fully vaccinated, according to NBC News’ data.”

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ARTICLE: ETHAN FINN

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: FOOD AND WINE MAGAZINE

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