A free pizza from Margherita’s. A $50 gift card from Dairy Queen. Fifteen percent off at Timothy’s. A free month of classes at Oh-So Cycle to help you burn off all that free food.
Those are just a few of the prizes available to people who show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 – just in case 94 percent protection against a pandemic that has killed 3.7 million people worldwide isn’t a good enough incentive.
The freebies are part of the DE Wins! program, which is intended to educate and incentivize Delawareans to get vaccinated.
Last week, state officials announced grants to more than 200 small businesses, including 28 in the greater Newark area, that are participating. The grants of up to $5,000 reimburse the businesses for the cost of providing the incentives.
“The number of businesses that want to offer incentives, as well as the creativity the business owners have shown in designing promotions that appeal to their customers, is impressive,” said Jordan Schulties, director of the Delaware Division of Small Business. “Small businesses stepped up during the pandemic to serve their customers. Now they’re helping once again by giving their customers another reason to get vaccinated.”
In addition to the offerings from small businesses, the DE Wins! program also includes twice-weekly prize drawings for $5,000 and other prizes and a final grand prize of $302,000 and two low-digit Delaware license plates.
Newark resident Angela Thomas is among the winners so far, receiving $5,000.
Newark-area businesses offering vaccination incentives include:
• 7-Eleven, 235 E. Delaware Ave.: Free drink or Slurpee
• 9Round Pleasant Valley, 628 Pulaski Hwy.: One month free to new members and free gloves and wraps to existing members
• Anytime Fitness, 247 S. Main St.: Free small-group and personal training sessions (through June) for new members
• Bear Physical Therapy & Wellness, 1859 Pulaski Hwy: Free initial screening and no copay
• Beauty Bar Artistry, 7 Peddler’s Row: $15 off any service
• Christiana Skating Center, 801 Christiana Road: Family four-pack for $40
• Creative Travel, 11E Liberty Plaza: Free copper travel pillow or queen-size bamboo pillow
• David’s Bar, 260 Chapman Road: free drink
• Days of Knights, 173 E. Main St.: 20 percent off purchase
• Delaware Modern Dental, 850 Library Ave.: Free exam and X-rays for new patients
• Dairy Queen: Brookside and Christiana Mall locations, $50 gift card to first 100 customers
• Margherita’s Pizza & Pasta, 265 S. Main St.: Free 10-inch cheese pizza
• Mi Ranchito Mexican Store, 13 N. Chapel St.: Free beverage, burrito and dessert
• Oh-So Cycle, 165 S Main St.: Free month of unlimited classes
• Ole Tapas Lounge, 1126 Capitol Trail: 25 percent off purchase
• Painting with a Twist, 400 Suburban Drive: $10 gift card for in-studio event
• Ramen Kumamoto, 165 E. Main St.: 10 percent off purchase
• Skipjack Dining, 401 Louviers Drive: Free happy hour roast beef sandwich
• Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 211 Executive Drive: Buy a jump pass at regular price and get one at half-price
• Staybridge Suites, 270 Chapman Road: $10 pantry money to the first 500 guests
• Taylor’d Hair and Wigs, 7 Liberty Plaza: Free wig for customers without insurance (no human hair)
• Tikka Masala, 820 Peoples Plaza: 25 to 50 percent off
• Timothy’s of Newark, 100 Creek View Road: 15 percent off purchase (excludes alcohol)
• vPho, 2671 Kirkwood Hwy: Free appetizer
• Whimsical Farms, 3315 Steele Road: Free scrapple or eggs with purchase
• XOOM Foods, 1 Innovation Way: One-week free meal-delivery subscription
• Zoup!, 2136 Fashion Center Blvd.: Free cup of soup