Krispy Kreme announced Monday that they will give away a free doughnut a day to anyone with a COVID-19 vaccination card.
All Americans need to show is their vaccination card to redeem their doughnut. And to further sweeten the pot, they are allowed to go back once a day to receive another doughnut.
“Krispy Kreme is finding ways to be sweet as the U.S. continues to scale COVID-19 vaccinations,” reads their media release. “To show our support for those who choose to get vaccinated, starting Monday, 3/22, anyone who shows their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card will receive a free Original Glazed® doughnut,” the North Carolina based doughnut chain announced.
The free daily doughnut incentive is valid at all 369 Krispy Kreme shops located in 41 states and available “anytime, any day, every day for the rest of the year,” Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme chief marketing officer, told USA TODAY. No purchase is necessary.
The chain will also give employees up to four hours of paid time off to get both vaccine doses. “I hope that other brands will see and choose to do something similar,” Skena said.
“We wanted it to be big enough to sort of catch people’s attention and spread awareness,” said Skena. “I think anything anyone can do to help show support for those getting the vaccine is a good thing right now and so we’re just trying to do what little we can.”
Meanwhile, many people on social media are outraged at the notion that a reward for getting a vaccination for COVID-19 — that has proven to be particularly deadly for those suffering from obesity — is a sugar and calorie laden doughnut.
No word has been given on whether or not any such deal will be offered at Krispy Kreme’s 11 Canadian locations including the 6 in the Greater Toronto Area.