Donuts, Baseball Tickets, Cheesecake, & More: The Best Vaccine Incentives In NYC


This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced that the Mets and Yankees would start providing individuals the chance to get the Johnson & Johnson shot earlier than video games—and as a cherry on prime, should you get vaccinated there, you will get free tickets to a future ballgame.

This was simply the most recent grand try at incentivizing individuals to get vaccinated—New Jersey, for instance, rolled out a “Shot and a Beer” program this week, permitting anybody with a vaccination card to get a free beer at a neighborhood brewery (Connecticut has an analogous program). Mayor Invoice de Blasio steered the town can be unveiling their very own incentive program quickly (A Shot and a Schmear?), and has proposed vaccinating vacationers at in style websites, with the motivation being you get to completely take part within the tradition of the best metropolis on the earth.

As of Thursday, over 37% of New Yorkers are absolutely vaccinated, and virtually 50% of have acquired at the least one dose; that places New York within the prime ten of states with the very best share of its inhabitants absolutely vaccinated. However we nonetheless have a methods to go, and up to date research have proven that individuals who have not been vaccinated but are extremely motivated by Free Stuff (or chilly onerous money).

In accordance with a survey by the U.C.L.A. COVID-19 Well being and Politics Mission, a few third of the unvaccinated inhabitants stated a money cost of $100 would make them extra more likely to get a shot. To that finish, West Virginia has already introduced that they may give younger individuals $100 bonds to take action, and Detroit is giving out $50 pay as you go playing cards to anybody who drives another person to a vaccine website.

New York hasn’t signaled that it’s fairly prepared handy out money but, however that does not imply there aren’t a superb quantity of incentives accessible instantly. Under is an summary of the freebies which can be accessible to each the vaccinated and soon-to-be vaccinated—and if we missed something, e-mail us at


  • The aforementioned Mets and Yankees tickets. Beginning Might nineteenth, should you go to Citi Discipline or Yankee Stadium earlier than a recreation and get vaccinated, you get tickets to an upcoming recreation. “Principally, you come to the sport, take a vaccine shot, get a voucher, go to that recreation, if that recreation’s offered out you possibly can go the subsequent night time or go to a recreation of your selection,” stated Yankees president Randy Levine. Extra particulars will probably be launched on the groups’ web sites nearer to the beginning date.
  • When you select to get vaccinated beneath the massive blue whale on the American Museum of Pure Historical past, you rise up to 4 free museum tickets. Get extra information right here.
  • Nathan’s flagship location in Coney Island is giving a free scorching canine to anybody who comes by with proof they obtained vaccinated that very same day. It is the right factor to take pleasure in earlier than you burrow into your sofa and wait to see should you expertise any attainable vaccine unwanted effects.
  • Lyft and Uber are each providing free or discounted rides to unvaccinated individuals headed to their appointment.

However what should you’re a accountable one who has already gotten vaccinated? Do not you deserve one thing for being on prime of your shit? Sure, in fact you do!


  • Junior’s Cheesecake is gifting away a free mini-cheesecake to anybody who reveals proof they have been vaccinated till Might thirty first at each the Downtown Brooklyn location and the newly-reopened Occasions Sq. one.
  • You may get a free glazed donut at any Krispy Kreme location with proof of vaccination.
  • By means of Might sixteenth, you possibly can register to get a free Budweiser with proof of vaccination.
  • By means of Might thirty first, White Citadel is giving a free dessert-on-a-stick to anybody with proof of vaccination. Select between a Gooey Buttercake-on-a-Stick, Fudge Dipped Brownie-on-a-Stick, Fudge Dipped Cheesecake-on-a-Stick, or a Birthday Cake-on-a-Stick.
  • Additionally by means of Might thirty first, the Vitamin Shoppe is giving one free “full-size wholesome snack or drink product” with proof of vaccination.
  • Staples, Workplace Depot, and Workplace Max are all providing to laminate your vaccine playing cards without cost. Workplace Depot and Workplace Max are doing it at the least by means of July twenty fifth, whereas Staples has no finish date.

If you end up hankering to get vaccinated in one other state (which is allowed in lots of locations), listed here are just a few different incentives to be careful for—that features a stunning quantity of dispensaries in different components of the nation, though as you possibly can see within the photograph above, NYC obtained a style of that on 4/20 in Union Sq..

When you’re nonetheless in search of a vaccination appointment, you must take a look at the official NYC Vaccine Finder web site.