“We’re not going to be afraid to try new things,” Murphy said as he unveiled the new program, dubbed “Shot and a Beer,” during a press briefing.
Those New Jersey residents will need to show their vaccine cards as proof before receiving their reward, the Democratic governor said.
The breweries themselves foot the bill for the free drinks, said Murphy, who suggested more beer makers may be added to the list soon.
Les brasseries participantes actuellement sont: Battle River Brewing, Bradley Beer Project, Bolero Snort Brewing Company, Brix City Brewing Company, Carton Brewing Company, Flounder Brewing Company, Flying Fish Brewing Company, Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant, Hackensack Brewing Company, Kane Brewing Company, Little Dog Brewing Company, Magnify Brewing Company et River Horse Brewing Company.
The program came from the New Jersey Department of Health in partnership with the Brewer’s Guild of New Jersey.
The Garden State is not the first to offer an off-the-beaten-path incentive for people to get vaccinated.
West Virginia Republican Gov. Jim Justice last week announced a move to give $ 100 savings bonds to young residents of the state who get vaccinated.
Connecticut is offering its own alcohol incentive with its “Drinks On Us” campaign: Residents who get vaccinated and show their vaccination card at select restaurants will receive a free drink between May 19 and May 31.
Incentive or not, vaccination rates are increasing. More than 29% of the US population is fully vaccinated, according to Johns Hopkins University, and cases and deaths from Covid are on the decline.
But a significant number of Americans say they do not want to be vaccinated. A Monmouth University poll released in mid-April found that about 1 in 5 Americans report not getting the vaccine.
This prompts health officials and leaders at all levels of government to urge more people to seek out and get vaccinated.
The “Shot and a Beer” campaign is just one part of New Jersey’s wider range of programs aimed at returning the state to a more normal summer as the fight against the pandemic continues.
Murphy announced the free beer plan after detailing the “Grateful for the Shot” initiative, which allows worshipers to go from church services directly to vaccination sites.
It’s “maybe on the other end of the spectrum” of incentives, Murphy said.