Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced the launch of another campaign offering freebies in exchange for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The “Shots on Goal” campaign launched Thursday. If individuals get their vaccination from any of the five pop-up clinics listed, they will receive a coupon booklet with 11 different incentives valued at over $100 from 20 different businesses.
Metro government will provide a partial reimbursement to the businesses involved. If a vaccinated individual takes advantage of every coupon in their booklet, the total cost to Metro would be $36. The mayor’s office clarified that these funds would come from their CARES Act reserves. The campaign didn’t mention a limit on the number of coupon booklets handed out.
According to the campaign press release, about 48 percent of residents have received at least one vaccine shot.
The Tennessee Star inquired with the mayor’s office where Nashville is at in terms of its goal vaccination rate. They didn’t respond by press time.
The pop-up vaccination locations will occur on various dates throughout June. The deals in the coupon booklet are: one free Bavarian pretzel from Von Elrod’s Beer Hall and Kitchen; $5 credit at Barista Parlor; one free slice of cake at the Cafe at Thistle Farms; a discounted ticket to a Nashville Soccer Club match; $5 credit at Tito’s Playland at Plaza Mariachi; one free Nashville Style Sandwich at Edley’s Bar-B-Que; one free workout class at 80/20 Fitness, Booth Camp, or QNTM Fit Life; $10 credit at either 8th and Roast or Gram’s Coffee; one free beer at Tennessee Brew Works, The Listening Room Cafe, Rudy’s Jazz Room, Third Coast Comedy Club, Fleet Street Pub, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, or Sinema.
This is the second of the mayor’s campaigns incentivizing vaccinations with freebies. As The Star reported, Cooper launched the “Shot for a Beer, Shot for a Cup” a little over a month ago. Like this latest campaign, the mayor’s Hospitality Advisory Committee, Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp, and HospitalityTN are partnering on this campaign. Last month’s campaign stopped at the end of May.
The mayor’s campaign announcement came the same day that the CDC announced that it will hold an emergency meeting next week to address heart inflammation caused by the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The Star is inquiring with the Metro Health Department which vaccines will be used in the mayor’s campaign. The first pop-up vaccine clinic is scheduled for Saturday.
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