A total of 37 Nashville businesses are offering free beers or coffee drinks now through the end of May – but only for those who’ve been vaccinated. Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced the campaign, “Shot for a Beer, Shot for a Cup,” in a press release on Friday.
Partners on the campaign are the mayor’s Hospitality Advisory Committee, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp, and HospitalityTN. Certain businesses require a purchase to acquire the free drink. The campaign announcement didn’t specify whether an individual could get more than one free drink.
The Tennessee Star inquired with Cooper’s spokespersons about whether there would be an exception made for those who can’t receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to medical reasons, and if the mayor’s office or any of the partnering groups were providing funding to the participating businesses to offset the costs associated with the free beverages.
Certain individuals may be allergic to COVID-19 vaccine ingredients, or to any vaccines or injectable medications. Additionally, certain individuals with autoimmune disorders may not be able to receive the vaccine. Current FDA authorization also restricts individuals under 12 years old from receiving the vaccine.
The mayor’s office didn’t respond by press time.
This campaign is part of a rising trend to reward vaccinated individuals with food. Krispy Kreme led the charge in a big way: they’re offering vaccinated individuals a free donut every day for the rest of the year. That campaign received widespread backlash, since a March CDC study revealed that nearly 80 percent of individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 were overweight or obese. Of those hospitalized with COVID-19, obese or overweight individuals were more likely to require more intense medical procedures and faced a greater risk of death.
Businesses interested in joining the Shot for a Beer, Shot for a Cup campaign can add themselves to the list by contacting Cooper’s senior advisor, Ben Eagles.
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