Gov. Edwards announces first statewide vaccine incentive programs

John Bel Edwards
Gov. John Bel Edwards (JC Canicosa/Louisiana Illuminator)

Louisiana residents can get a free drink after getting vaccinated in participating restaurants and bars, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the state’s first vaccine incentive program titled, “Shot for a Shot.”

“Using your vaccine card… in June, you can receive a drink, alcoholic or nonalcoholic, at certain participating restaurants and bars within seven days of receiving your shot,” Edwards said during a Thursday press conference. “Please kick off the summer with a refreshing beverage while also supporting our local restaurants and bars.”

“Shot for a Shot” is one of the first vaccine incentive programs Edwards launched to encourage Louisiana residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Governors across the nation have enacted similar efforts to get more of their residents vaccinated, including a $1 million vaccine lottery in Ohio.

Vaccinated Louisiana residents are also allowed free admission in the 21 state parks through July 31, Edwards announced. 

Edwards said these initiatives are a part of the state’s “Bring Back Louisiana Summer” and to “stay tuned for more incentives.”

Residents can go to for more information on incentives from other corporations and businesses.

As of Thursday, more than 3 million vaccine doses have been administered in Louisiana, and 1.4 million Louisianians have completed their vaccine series. Dr. Dawn Marcelle, medical director for the Baton Rouge region for the health department, said there have been 23 deaths after vaccination in Louisiana, but those deaths weren’t connected to the vaccine.

“They are people who did not die in that immediate window to a direct adverse vaccine reaction,” Marcelle said. “They didn’t immediately get anaphylactic and die as a result of a reaction to the vaccine.”