TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey is now offering more incentives for unvaccinated people to get their shots, including free wine, free access to state beaches, and a chance to dine with the governor and first lady of the state.
Here are the vaccination incentives are part of “Operation Jersey Summer,” the statewide public awareness campaign aimed at vaccinating all eligible individuals who live, work, or study in New Jersey against COVID-19.
- Through July 4, the New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection will offer a State Parks Vax Pass – allowing free access to state parks, including Island Beach State Park – good through Dec. 31, 2021. Go to https://yourpassnow.com/ParkPass/nj to sign up.
- Beginning May 19, individuals age 18+ who receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in NJ can enter to win dinner along with a guest with the governor and his wife, Tammy, at Drumthwacket, the Official Residence of the Governor of New Jersey in Princeton, or at the Governor's Residence at Island Beach State Park. Entries must be submitted by May 31. To enter, visit covid19.nj.gov.
- Any New Jerseyan (age 21+) who gets their first COVID-19 vaccine dose in the month of May and takes their vaccination card to a participating New Jersey winery will receive a free glass of wine.
“Millions of New Jerseyans have rolled up their sleeves and received a vaccination to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19, but there is still much work to be done in order to reach our goal of 4.7 million fully vaccinated New Jersey adults by June 30,” said Murphy. “In partnership with the New Jersey DEP and the Garden State Wine Growers Association, we are giving New Jerseyans more reasons to step up and visit one of our 1,700 vaccination sites to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. We are determined to reach our vaccination goals and make this the best Jersey summer yet.”
The State Parks Vax Pass, which will be of the same value as the Annual State Parks Pass, will allow free access to all of New Jersey’s 51 State parks and forest facilities that charge daily walk-in or parking fees, from Thursday, May 27 through Dec. 31, 2021.
Built on the land that witnessed the 1777 Battle of Princeton for American independence, Drumthwacket is the the official residence of the Governor of New Jersey. It is one of the most fabled and elegant of America’s executive residences. The property upon which Drumthwacket stands was once owned by William Penn, who founded the colony of Pennsylvania.
Uncork the Vaccination
In partnership with the Garden State Wine Growers Association, New Jerseyans ages 21 and over who receive their first COVID-19 vaccination in the month of May can visit one of New Jersey’s participating wineries and receive a free glass of wine. Participating wineries include Amalthea Cellars, Auburn Road Vineyards, Bellview Winery, DiMatteo Vineyards, Salem Oak Vineyards, Terhune Orchards, Tomasello Winery, Villa Milagro Vineyards in Pohatcong, and White Horse Winery.