Celebrity chef José Andrés is offering gift cards to Washington, D.C., residents who get the coronavirus vaccine starting Saturday.
Andrés tweeted that those who get vaccinated on or after May 8 would qualify for a $50 gift card at ThinkFoodGroup restaurants in D.C. The promotion will run until 70 percent of the population is vaccinated.
Ok! We want everyone vaccinated! Starting tomorrow, until we reach 70% of total population anyone that comes with vaccine papers,that proves that has been vaccinated will get $50 gift certificate for any of @thinkfoodgroup restaurants in the @washingtondc area... pic.twitter.com/MuO0spnHzm— Please wear a mask! Do it for the World please... (@chefjoseandres) May 7, 2021
“Show your fully vaccinated card at Jaleo DC, Jaleo Crystal City, Oyamel, Zaytinya, or China Chilcano and receive a $50 card for future use within the next 30 days, food only. Can only redeem once,” the spokeswoman for ThinkFoodGroup told DCist/WAMU.
The spokeswoman said those fully vaccinated before May 8 are not eligible for the gift card.
The chef and ThinkFoodGroup own several restaurants in D.C, including Jaleo, Oyamel, China Chilcano, Zaytinya and Beefsteak, as well as the two-Michelin-starred Minibar.
Currently, about 36 percent of D.C. residents are partially or fully vaccinated, compared to 46 percent in Virginia.
Andrés is a well-known humanitarian who has been feeding those struggling to get food in D.C. even before the pandemic began.