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  • For the rest of 2021, Krispy Kreme will give a free doughnut to people with proof of vaccination.
  • Some states and companies are also working to expand paid sick leave.

Iconic American doughnut brand Krispy Kreme is working to incentivize people to get a COVID-19 vaccine by giving away a free doughnut to individuals with proof of vaccination for the remainder of 2021.

Customers will need to show their vaccination card to confirm they received either one or both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

“We all want to get COVID-19 behind us as fast as possible and we want to support everyone doing their part to make the country safe by getting vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available to them,” said Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme Chief Marketing Officer, in the press release.

Krispy Kreme is also committing to deliver free doughnuts to health care volunteers who are working to administer vaccines, as well as provide company employees paid time off to encourage them to get vaccinated when they are eligible.


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Some other companies, including Best Buy, have encouraged their employees to get vaccinated, offering part-time employees four hours and full-time employees eight hours of paid leave to go receive a vaccination.

State legislatures have also been working to secure paid time off for employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as a means to incentivize and promote mass vaccination. A new bill signed into law by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on March 12 guarantees employers up to four hours of paid vaccination leave per injection, without cutting into existing sick leave. 

On the West Coast, the California State Legislature voted last week to expand paid sick leave for employees. This now amounts to two weeks of paid sick time to cover both COVID-19 vaccination schedules and COVID-19 symptoms.

These updates to sick leave and paid time off in the workforce come as President Biden aims to make all American adults eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by May 1.


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Published on Mar 22, 2021