Unilever Giving Free Ice Cream To Those Who Get COVID-19 Vaccine In St. Louis Friday
May 10, 2021
Add ice cream to the growing list of free foods offered to those vaccinated against Covid-19. Unilever is giving away free popsicles and Klondike shakes to health care workers and people who get vaccinated at multiple vaccination sites across the United States on Friday. The company that owns the brands said the sweet treats will only be available for one day in select locations in New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Memphis, Dallas-Fort Worth and Phoenix.
In St. Louis, the sweet treats will be distributed to newly vaccinated people, staff at the vaccination center and volunteers at the Dome at America’s Center vaccination site from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“There is still a lot of work to be done to cure the pandemic and addressing vaccine hesitation is part of it,” Russel Lilly, vice president of Unilever’s US ice cream unit, said in a press release. “Vaccination is a personal milestone for many that requires a sweet feast, and we couldn’t think of a better way to do it than with ice cream.”
Hesitation about vaccines is becoming a major problem in this country. In a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 47% of people who say they want to “wait and see” before being vaccinated said that paid time off was more likely to do so, and 39% said they were financial $ 200 incentive to her employer would work.
The US vaccination rate has fallen from its peak last month, pushing officials to offer new incentives called carrots to further encourage the cautious, hesitant and inaccessible vaccinations. To date, more than 150 million people in the US have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Large food companies have their own incentives, including Krispy Kreme, which gives customers with a vaccination card a free donut every day for the rest of the year. Budweiser, Nathan’s Hot Dogs, and White Castle also offer various perks.
For Unilever, the Friday event is part of the “Day of Service” that began last year to help the communities hardest hit by the pandemic. The company is also donating $ 25 million this year in “Pandemic Goods and Services,” including groceries to partners like Feeding America and promoting vaccine education.