Receiving your COVID-19 vaccination just got sweeter.
Krispy Kreme is now offering a free Original Glazed doughnut to customers with proof of vaccination. According to the shop’s website, anyone who has received at least one of the two doses of Moderna or Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, or Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine, is eligible for the tasty reward. And it doesn’t end with just one pastry. You can cash in on a free hot, sticky, melt-in-your-mouth treat every day this year—just remember to bring your vaccination card. You deserve it after spending a year in quarantine.
In addition to rewarding inoculated customers, Krispy Kreme also plans to thank healthcare workers and volunteers for administering shots by delivering free donuts to vaccination centers. The company is also giving employees up to four hours of paid time off in an effort to encourage vaccination.
We’d like to show sweet support to those who have received the COVID-19 Vaccine. Starting today, bring your Vaccine… https://t.co/4D8yer4y4l
— Krispy Kreme (@krispykreme)
“We all want to get COVID-19 behind us as fast as possible and we want to support everyone doing their part to make the country safe by getting vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available to them,” Chief Marketing Officer Dave Skena said in a press release.
A free donut is a great perk to getting vaccinated, but the real benefit comes from helping end the pandemic. More than 124 million doses of the various COVID-19 vaccines have been administered so far in America, with 44 million people—13.3% of the total population—fully inoculated. Herd immunity will be achieved when that number grows to between 70 and 85%.
As more U.S. citizens get inoculated, scientists have been researching the vaccines’ effects on pregnant women and how antibodies transfer to their children. One study shows that vaccinated moms are passing COVID-19 antibodies to their infants through breast milk. Earlier this month, a mama gave birth to a baby with COVID-19 antibodies.
Johnson & Johnson has been hard at work not only testing its vaccine on pregnant women but on newborns and infants, too. Last month, Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted that a vaccine should be authorized for students as young as first grade by September. Until then, there are a number of ways parents can help protect their children’s immunity.
As we enter the second year of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s about time we get something to look forward to. If you plan to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, then we hope you plan on picking up a sweet treat as a reward. You deserve it, mama.