Residents age 21 and up who get vaccinated at a Suffolk County point of distribution in May will receive a ticket for a free drink at participating wineries, distilleries or breweries.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced the “Lift Your Spirit, Take Your Shot” initiative, to encourage eligible residents to get vaccinated.
Among the participating venues is Del Vino Vineyards in Northport.
Tickets can be used for a free beer, tasting, glass of wine, or cocktail. The choice of beverages varies by establishment.
To date, more than 718,000 Suffolk County residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
“With each vaccine, we are one step closer to returning to normalcy,” Bellone said. “While we have made incredible progress this year, with over 700,000 residents vaccinated, we are now nearing the point where supply is beginning to outpace demand. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures, and the ‘Lift Your Spirit, Take Your Shot’ initiative provides yet another incentive for our residents to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated.”
Participating businesses include:
- Del Vino Vineyards in Northport
- Raphael Wine in Peconic
- Peconic County Brewing in Riverhead
- Greenport Harbor Brewing Company in Greenport
- Spider Bite Beer Co. in Holbrook
- Montauk Brewing Company in Montauk
- Twin Fork Beer Company in Riverhead
Long Island Spirits in Baiting Hollow
In December, Bellone launched the #TakeYourShot initiative, a public awareness campaign to educate residents on the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said that more than 16 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in New York State. 189,760 doses have been administered across the state’s vast distribution network in the last 24 hours, and more than 1.1 million doses have been administered over the past seven days.