Vaccinated people, score these freebies now [Updated] [Updated]

Three free Panera bagels await those vaccinated against COVID-19.

Panera Asiago bagel on table with cup of coffee
Image: Panera

Everyone loves free stuff, right? It’s why people stand in line for hours just to score a sandwich or a cookie or taco. In keeping with our wild modern times, many major brands and restaurant chains are encouraging patrons to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and as a carrot (or hot dog) on a stick, there are freebies to be had once you get that sweet, sweet, jab. The latest offering is from Panera:


Panera Bread

Panera has announced via press release that, just like Anheuser-Busch, it has found its own unique way to support the White House’s initiative to get 70% of Americans vaccinated by July 4. And what better incentive is there than a fresh bagel? From July 2 to July 4, customers who have received the COVID-19 vaccine are eligible to receive a free bagel at participating Panera locations. You can choose from any type of bagel, so you don’t have to settle for plain! No purchase necessary. Vaccinated patrons can stop in for one free bagel daily during this promotion, so you could snag up to three free bagels of any flavor.


In a new Clydesdale- and puppy-strewn commercial spot called “Reunited With Buds,” Budweiser has unveiled, a site where users can upload proof of vaccination in exchange for $5 in beer money. Delish notes that the proof of vaccination can take the form of “a selfie with your sticker, photo of your band-aid, or image of you at the vaccination site.”

Krispy Kreme

You don’t live in New York? Well, that’s okay, because how about a doughnut? If you bring your vaccination card to any location you can get a free doughnut, one per day, either in-store or in the drive-thru. Doctors aren’t too happy about this one, though.


Office Depot and Staples

Okay, no food here. But this is still useful. Both chains will allow you to laminate your cards for free so you don’t get mustard all over them when you redeem your free hot dog. For Office Depot and Office Max, you can use the coupon 52516714 through July 25. For Staples, use code 81540 until May 1. The CDC suggests you take a photo of your card for a backup too. I’m also hearing that a plastic sleeve for your vaccination card might also be a good idea in case you need to, say, update the original card with a booster stamp later.


Marnie Shure is editor in chief of The Takeout.

Staff writer at The Takeout. Also: Saveur Humor Blog Award Winner, professional pizza maker, and insufferable troublemaker.

Allison Robicelli is a JBFA-nominated food & humor writer, former professional chef, author of four (quite good) books, and The People's Hot Pocket Princess. Need cooking advice? Tweet me @Robicellis.


Brick HardMeat

Looking forward to the impending flood of stories about anti-vaxxers throwing fits and shitting themselves in businesses that give out vaccination incentives because they want their free stuff too and it isn’t fair.