Free drinks offered to Louisianans who receive COVID vaccine in ‘Shot for a Shot’ campaign in June

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The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) is partnering with the Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) to encourage Louisianians to protect themselves and their neighbors from COVID-19 by getting the vaccine.

The organizations have come together to create the “Shot for a Shot” program, which will partially reimburse restaurants and bars around the state that offer a free drink to customers who have been vaccinated within the preceding seven days.

Participating businesses will offer a free non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage to customers who show proof of their completed vaccination regimen through the LA Wallet app or with their state-issued vaccination card between June 1 and June 30 or until funds are exhausted.

No public funds will be used to compensate participating businesses. The LRA will partially reimburse restaurants and bars as funds allow. Each business will submit to ATC a tally of the number of drinks served. ATC will compile the data and transmit it to the program partners for payment.

A spokesperson with the LRA said restaurants do not have to register to participate, so the organization isn’t tracking which restaurants/bars are utilizing the promotion.


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