The state of New Jersey launched a new program on Monday offering free beer to those who get vaccinated against Covid-19 in May.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced on Twitter that the state is teaming up with more than a dozen breweries for the “Shot and a Beer” project.
“We are launching our ‘Shot and a Beer’ program to encourage eligible New Jersey people aged 21 and over to get vaccinated,” Murphy said. “Anyone in New Jersey who receives their first dose of vaccine in May and brings their vaccination record to a participating brewery will receive a free beer.”
The deployment is part of the state’s “Operation Jersey Summer,” which aims to encourage vaccination and make the vaccine more available by offering walk-in appointments at mega-sites and other locations. .
“We are ramping up our work to meet our original goal of 4.7 million New Jersey people vaccinated by June 30,” Murphy said.
The state is also reaching out to residents of underserved areas to provide them with information about the vaccine and help them make appointments, according to the governor. New Jersey is also partnering with religious leaders for the “Grateful for the Shot” program, which Murphy said “will allow worshipers to go directly from church services to vaccination sites.”
Meanwhile, Murphy announced that the state will soon ease restrictions on Covid-19, such as removing restrictions on catering capacity indoors as long as parties are six feet apart and removing the limit of outdoor gatherings.
New Jersey administered more than four million doses on Monday and 37% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated, according to data from NBC News.