Panera to give away free bagels for vaccinated customers starting Friday through July 4. How the COVID freebie works
Biden’s July 4 COVID vaccination goal is unlikely: What that meansThe U.S. will fall short of Biden’s goal to have 70% of Americans at least partially vaccinated by the Fourth of July. Here’s what that means for us.Just the FAQs, USA TODAYStarting Friday, Panera Bread is the latest business to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine freebie.For three days – from July 2-4 – the chain is giving away free bagels to vaccinated customers at participating locations nationwide. No purchase is required.“Whether you like your bagel bread-sliced or cut through the middle, or prefer savory Asiago Cheese or sweet Cinnamon Crunch, if you are vaccinated the choice is yours for one free bagel daily during the promotion, while supplies last,” the chain said in a news release. Other bagel flavors are also included.While Krispy Kreme’s popular free doughnut offer requires flashing proof that you received the vaccine to get the daily freebie, Panera told USA TODAY this offer will be based on the honor system.► Chipotle BOGO deal: Chipotle has a COVID vaccine incentive July 6: Buy-one-get-one free burritos, tacos and more► 7-Eleven Slurpee freebie: Free Slurpees return in July, but you need to be a rewards memberPanera says the freebie is only available in cafes and online orders along with and third-party sites are excluded. According to the offer’s fine print, spreads are not included and other restrictions may apply.Panera’s offer comes amid a growing number of incentives offered by states, health departments and businesses throughout the nation to convince Americans to get vaccinated, which is considered vital to ending the pandemic.Walgreens extended its short incentive for new vaccine recipients: $25 store credit. The promotion, which is not valid in Arkansas, New Jersey or New York, ends Saturday, July 3.Instacart’s “Get Vaxxed For Snacks” sweepstakes, which is giving away free gift cards, ends June 30. Both CVS Health and Kroger have vaccine sweepstakes running through July 10.► Save better, spend better: Money tips and advice delivered right to your inbox. Sign up here► Fireworks shortage 2021?: Could a shortage affect July 4th celebrations? Phantom Fireworks urges customers to shop earlyContributing: Nathan Bomey and Keira Wingate, USA TODAYFollow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko. For more shopping tips and deals, join us on our Shopping Ninjas Facebook group.