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National Chains, and local businesses, have been stepping up to help their employees get vaccinated against Covid-19. The large national chains are paying their employees extra cash, giving out trips, or paying for their way too and from the vaccine center.

Krispy Kreme is stepping up their vaccine encouragement game and actually giving away donuts to people that show their vaccination card. A free donut? Nice. Many free donuts would be even nicer, so that's what you get. A free donut when you show your Coronavirus vaccine record. You could it every day for the rest of the year, so the sooner you get vaccinated, the sooner the donut love begins.

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Makes you kind of wish all of the Krispy Kreme's in Minnesota hadn't closed. However, you could still get one every day if you don't mind taking a little drive...

Krispy Kreme Locations Near 55901 - Maps

The great-vaccine-donut-giveaway begins Monday. You show the valid vaccination card and you get a free Original Glazed Donut. if you have a car full of people, each person will get a free donut IF they all can show their vaccine cards.

Speaking of Donuts...we're going to take a break for some Homer Simpson Donut Laughs, then come right back with how to get a free donut even if you don't want to get a vaccine.

And direct from Krispy Kreme Corporate...

WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO BE VACCINATED, CAN I STILL GET THIS OFFER?

We understand that choosing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is a highly personal decision. We advise all employees and guests to consult with their healthcare provider regarding whether to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination and which vaccine to receive after reviewing the available information. If you have made the personal decision to not receive the COVID vaccine, please visit us on Mondays, 3/29/21 – 5/24/21, to receive a free Original Glazed® doughnut and a medium brewed coffee to get your week off to a good start.

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According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, brands doing promotions for vaccinated people could backfire for making the company look "opportunist or even exploitative." Though the other side of the issue is as long as its done wall, it's a win for brands, making them look like they're trying to help.

Credit: Sin-Ville USA, population, Donut Cutter

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PERSONAL NOTE: I get my second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on April 1st. As a diabetic with a transplanted kidney, I've been super careful and am super eager to be protected. I'm still going to be careful, but I have been since going on Dialysis so many years ago. Clean your hands, don't touch your face when you've touched a public railing, door, or bathroom sink...you know, the usual be safe stuff.

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If you're opposed to the vaccine for reasons other than, "My doctor says I don't need it," I hope you'll look thru the questions and answers here and think seriously about changing your mind.

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.