You’ll be able to travel and get free food, drinks, desserts, and even rental!
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In April this year, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the government is looking at giving certain perks and benefits for those who have completed two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
He did not however specify what those perks would be but authorities had previously floated the idea of an “immunity passport” which would enable those who are fully vaccinated access to a variety of perks, including unrestricted travel.
Speaking of which, Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor recently said that only individuals who have completed both Covid-19 vaccination doses are allowed to enter the resort island of Langkawi when the island is scheduled to open to visitors this September.
The rakyat has also jumped on board the idea with businesses and private companies coming up with their ways to motivate consumers and staff to vaccinate.
For example, My CO2 Group of Companies in Butterworth, Penang gives RM150 for employees to get vaccinated while OCBC Malaysia is incentivising over 5,000 of its staff by giving tangible rewards like days off, medical leave, transport reimbursement, post-vaccination support and work-from-home arrangements.
While you work on your bosses to implement similar incentives in your company, cause after-all work clusters are currently the leading cause for the spread of Covid-19, here are some retailers offering rewards for those registered or have already received vaccines.
Perks for registered or vaccinated Malaysians
Register for Vaccine, Get 1 Month Free Room Rental Subsidies
In a statement by Homevest Living’s Chief Executive Officer Marcus Law, they are also offering additional perks such as zero deposit and free utilities to all tenants to help relieve their financial worries for a short period while waiting for MCO to be lifted and the economy to get back on track.
Stand a chance to win Garmin’s The Venu 2 or Venu 2s Smartwatch with pulse oximetry functionality (worth RM1,799!) when you show proof of vaccination verification from the MySejahtera or Selangkah app.
From 2 July until 2 August 2021, Malaysian citizens are welcome to participate by posting an Instagram post or video using the official Garmin template for this campaign which can be found here.
With Pulse Ox sensors, you can calculate your blood oxygen saturation to ensure that any Covid-19 vaccine side effects are not affecting oxygen distribution to your body.
A plethora of food, glorious food rewards
As self-professed foodies, the best incentive on a mass level is food.
Being a food haven, the list of F&B outlets are aplenty but here are some for you to digest for now:
This homegrown gourmet burger chain says it’s offering those who have received at least their first dose an RM10 voucher for takeaway orders.
Not fancying a burger? Maybe Tex-Mex is more your thing. Not only will you get a free soft taco on the house for getting vaccinated, but you can also cool yourself down with their free signature mojito (take note this drink is typically not virgin, meaning it may contain alcohol).
Bo The Avocado
Want to wash that burger or taco down with a nutritious smoothie? Bo the avocado is calling for you because he’s giving away a free smoothie to anyone who has been vaccinated. All you have to do is DM them your vaccination certificate, share their post on your social media, and voila – you will receive an email with a voucher. Do note that redemption is limited to 10 cups per day until their promotion ends on 30 September 2021.
Avocados in a smoothie not your thing? I bet a frozen yoghurt is!
From now until 31 August 2021, the Spanish franchise is offering 15% off their products if you show your proof of vaccination.
Wizards at Tribeca
Feeling tired post-vaccine? Get a free cup of coffee with every takeaway coffee purchased from the same award-winning team behind Yellow Brick Road café at Damansara Heights.
There are pros but there are cons too
Everyone loves a good reward and something as simple as registering and getting vaccinated for the benefit of humanity seems like a win/win situation.
However, in a feature by Forbes, not all businesses are eager to jump on the vaccine incentives bandwagon and some say vaccines are personal and should not involve outside influences.
A start-up company interviewed in the same article said there are liability concerns to it too – especially in a country like America where everything is liable.
Though Malaysia isn’t as stringent about liability like they are over there, it is something to ponder.
What retailers are doing overseas
So by now, Malaysians will have the option to live one month rent-free with options for free or discounted food and drinks.
But what incentives are other countries offering to boost Covid-10 vaccination rates?
In Russia, the city of Moscow is giving away five cars a week in a prize draw for residents who get vaccinated.
In California, USA – inoculated residents could win a US$1.5 million lottery jackpot, the top prize in a US$116.5 million give-away.
Romania on the other hand is going the Malaysian route of food with a barbequed sausage sandwich as a reward for getting vaccinated.
And last but not least, in our not too distant neighbour the Philippines, the mayor in Pampanga province is raffling the source of food in the form of a cow.
Other communities like Sucat, a district of Manila have been raffling off 25kg sacks of rice while nearby in Las Pinas, two motorcycles and a brand new house is up for grabs.
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