New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced a new program on Monday designed to incentivize residents of the state to get vaccinated by offering free beer.
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Thirteen New Jersey-based breweries are participating in the scheme only for state residents 21 and older, Murphy said. Residents who received their first prod before early May are not eligible
“Any New Jersey citizen who gets their first vaccine in May and brings a vaccination card to participating breweries will receive a free beer,” Murphy wrote on Twitter.
The project is part of Murphy’s plan to increase the number of vaccinations, so the state was able to meet the target of 4.7 million vaccinated residents by the end of June, the report said.As of Monday, about 3.2 million residents received it. Complete immunizations according to the latest figures from the New Jersey Department of Health.
“The focus of the drive is to get as many new vaccines as possible,” governor spokesman Dan Bryan told ABC News.
Garden State is not alone in providing out-of-the-box solutions to motivate residents to get vaccinated.
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Connecticut is also offering free booze through a “Drinks On Us” campaign. Gov. Ned Lamont announced last month that residents who received their vaccination and presented their vaccination card will receive a free drink during the day. May 19 to May 31 at participating restaurants across Connecticut.
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“This is the place and the drink is with us, what more could you ask for,” Lamont said. “We want to do everything we can to support you to get vaccinated.”