Despite vaccine demand drop, businesses continue to encourage doses with incentives

Krispy Kreme, Target among several offering incentives

ORLANDO, Fla. – As demand for the COVID-19 vaccine has been dwindling, an effort is underway to remind people about the advantages of getting the shot.

Aside from the potential to save lives, benefits of the vaccine are wide-ranging.

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To encourage more people to get vaccinated, several businesses have been offering incentives.

At Krispy Kreme, anyone who shows their COVID-19 vaccination record card will get a free donut. The offer is available once per day until the end of the year.

People who are vaccinated at a CVS pharmacy in Target are eligible to receive a $5 Target gift card, according to the company.

A local zoo is also holding a giveaway for people who get the shot.

One free admission ticket will be handed out for every vaccine administered during an event at the Central Florida Zoo on Saturday.

Widespread immunity also means a return to things that have been desperately missed.

People who received their second dose at the Seminole County mass vaccination site on Friday said they were looking forward to being able to socialize without fear.

“We’re really looking forward to the family gatherings and getting back to normal,” Lori Morris said.

Others had their eyes set on a hopeful reopening of cruises this summer, which will be more likely to happen as more people get vaccinated.

“I’m hoping that everybody will realize (getting vaccinated) is the right thing to do for all of us,” Victoria Snyder said.

For details about where to get the vaccine in Central Florida, click here.

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Mark Lehman became a News 6 reporter in July 2014, but he's been a Central Florida journalist and part of the News 6 team for much longer. While most people are fast asleep in their bed, Mark starts his day overnight by searching for news on the streets of Central Florida.