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State launches '#CTDrinksOnUs' as incentive for people to get COVID-19 vaccine

Participating restaurants will offer a free drink to those able to show a vaccine card. The event starts on May 19.

CONNECTICUT, USA — A free shot for a shot? That could be a real possibility in Connecticut starting in the coming weeks. 

During his press conference Monday, Gov. Ned Lamont announced a new incentive campaign to encourage people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The new program is called "#CTDrinksOnUs."

Like Krispy Kreme or Budweiser, the new campaign will offer a free drink for those able to show their vaccine cards. 

Lamont said the restaurants participating will be "chipping in" in terms of cost for the free drinks, while the state will promote the campaign.

The event begins on May 19 and there will be a limit of one drink per person. A food purchase will be required. 

On May 19, all COVID-19 mandates outside of wearing masks inside will be lifted. This will include lifting capacity limits in restaurants. 

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The free drink is available at only participating restaurants and each restaurant will determine which drinks are on them. 

“Connecticut’s local restaurant industry is proud to be working with the Governor on this initiative, which we hope will both thank state residents who have gotten vaccinated, and also encourage more people to go out and get their shot in the interest of both public health and our local economy,” said Scott Dolch, Executive Director of the Connecticut Restaurant Association.  “Connecticut has been a national leader when it comes to fighting COVID, which is why we’re now scheduled to end business restrictions other than the mask mandate on May 19. Helping get as many people vaccinated as possible is the best way to get customers back out to restaurants, helping create jobs and bolster local economies throughout Connecticut. We thank the Governor and his team for their hard work leading the state through this pandemic, and we’re excited to undertake this new promotion with them.”

To see the list of participating restaurants, click here

For restaurants interested in signing up for the event, click here

RELATED: Budweiser offering free beer if you've been vaccinated

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