Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch said on Wednesday that he would offer Americans another incentive to get vaccinated: free beer.
The company said in a statement that it will buy “America’s next round” of beer, seltzer or soft drink once the country meets President Biden’s goal of giving 70 percent of the adult population at least one coronavirus vaccination by July 4 receive. 63 percent of American adults have received at least one dose.
“We are proud to perform in times of need as well as at times of great celebrations, and last year was no different,” said Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. “We look to brighter days with renewed optimism and are proud to work with the White House to make a meaningful impact on our country, our communities and our consumers.”
Reaching your vaccination goal by Independence Day may not be easy. The pace of vaccination in the US has slowed, but the greatest advances in recent weeks have been in vaccinating 12-15 year olds who are not eligible for the free beer. However, progress has been made to reach some groups, including Latinos and those without college degrees, with the highest rates of vaccination reluctance, according to the Kaiser Foundation.
The offer from Anheuser-Busch comes because other companies and federal states have introduced their own promotional gifts to promote vaccinations. West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said Tuesday that the state would be giving away guns and other prizes, including trucks and lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, to vaccinated residents.
Other states, including California, New Mexico and Ohio, have started lottery drawings to give out cash prizes to those vaccinated.