- Over 13 beer companies are participating in the programme that aims to increase the number of vaccinations in the powerful country
- The US had confirmed over 32.6 million cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, May 5
- The country surpassed 100 million vaccinations in March with 35 million of these recorded as fully vaccinated
The United States government has introduced free beer and doughnuts in a bid to encourage its citizens to take COVID-19 vaccines for protection against the deadly coronavirus.
The announcement was made by News Jersey governor Phil Murphy on Twitter on Wednesday, May 5.
"Our “Shot and a Beer” programme continues to expand! Any New Jerseyan age 21+ who gets their first vaccine dose in the month of May can receive a free beer from a participating brewery – until May 31," Murphy said.
Over 13 beer companies are participating in the programme that aims to increase the number of vaccinations in the powerful country.
According to the New York Times, the US had confirmed over 32.6 million cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, May 5.
Out of the total infections, over 579,000 had died from the disease while the number of recoveries was not recorded.
US surpasses 100 million vaccinations
The US President Joe Biden had earlier said among strategies he would use to suppress the ravaging pandemic would be to ensure at least 100 million vaccinations were conducted within the first 100 days in office.
The target was achieved in March after at least 100 million received one COVID-19 vaccine jab.
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention noted over 35 million had been fully vaccinated representing 10.5% of the total US population.
With a population of about 329 million, the US needs at least 658 million doses to be able to vaccinate all its citizens.
The Atlanta-based institute noted vaccinated people can without wearing masks visit those who have not received the jab provided they stay six feet apart.
It added one can avoid quarantine and testing for the disease if they do not experience symptoms related to the respiratory illness.