The Grand Rapids-based grocery chain said Wednesday, May 19, that shoppers can get a coupon, for $10 off a purchase, when they receive the final coronavirus vaccine at one of its store’s pharmacies. The Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available.
The retailer also will give a separate coupon for $10 off a purchase of $50 or more for customers who already are vaccinated, at another place or even Meijer. Those shoppers must show a completed COVID vaccination card.
“We encourage everyone who is able to receive the vaccine to take this important step and get vaccinated,” Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes said in a statement. “When the vaccine rollout began, our pharmacy teams dedicated themselves to keeping our communities safe. Their efforts have paid off, but we’re not done yet. We’re hopeful this incentive helps tip the balance.”
The move is the latest in incentives available to Detroiters to get vaccinated. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced on April 28, that the city would give residents a $50 prepaid debit card — $100 for two doses — to bring in a neighbor for shots, under the Good Neighbor program, the Detroit Free Press reported. Frontline workers who showed up to a May 14 vaccination clinic in southwest Detroit, put on by the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association, and the Small Business Association of Michigan could receive $25 gift cards.
More than half of Michiganders have received at least one dose of the vaccine but Detroit is lagging, with just 34.8 percent of residents receiving a jab, as of May 18.