Rhode Island is the fifth state to get more than 50% of its population fully vaccinated against covid-19. Four more states have passed South Dakota in full vaccination rates, pushing us to 23rd in the nation at 42.36%.
So for the 57.64% of you still dawdling about doing the most practical patriotic act you can this year, maybe free groceries from Hy-Vee will help:
Hy-Vee announced they will start giving out gift cards to individuals who get a COVID-19 vaccination at a Hy-Vee pharmacy or pop-up Hy-Vee vaccination clinic.
According to a release, individuals will receive a $10 Hy-Vee gift card when getting a vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccination must be completed between June 1 and November 11 to receive the gift card. Free COVID-19 vaccines are available at all Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations with no appointment necessary.
If an individual receives a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shot, they must complete the second dose at Hy-Vee to receive the $10 gift card. If an individual receives the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, they will receive the gift card once the vaccine is administered [Sam Sanderson, “Hy-Vee Giving Away Gift Cards to Vaccine Recipients,” KCAU-TV, 2021.05.31].
The more people who get their shots, the better. If Hy-Vee’s gift cards put shots in people who otherwise wouldn’t have rolled up their sleeves, then hooray! Come on, Marshals and everyone else: get your shots… and get some Hy-Vee Cocoa Peanut Butter Spheres!