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Free childcare available for parents and caregivers who get vaccinated

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In the Biden administration’s ongoing effort to get 70 percent of adults in the U.S. vaccinated by July 4, four of the top child care providers in the country will be offering free child care services to parents and caregivers through that date. 

The services will be available to people with kids as they’re getting vaccinated, as well as those who need to take a day off in order to manage the potential side effects of the COVID shot. The child care providers involved will be KinderCare, Learning Care Group, Bright Horizons, and over 500 YMCA locations.

The Biden administration’s announcement of this new incentive follows a new trend of offerings meant to entice unvaccinated people to get their COVID vaccine. Other examples include brewing company Anheuser-Busch which has promised free beer to adults on Independence Day if the nation meets the president’s goal, a year of free flights from United Airlines offered only to vaccinated Americans in a sweepstakes, as well as several major sports teams which have offered tickets and other giveaways to folks who get vaccinated at their facilities.

Many Americans have cited a lack of childcare as the reason they can’t get the vaccine, and this program will go a long way to remove that barrier. If transportation is an issue, Uber and Lyft are offering free rides to vaccination sites.

For details about free child care and a full list of incentives available to those who get vaccinated by July 4th, visit the CDC website.

Mckenna Saady is a staff writer and digital content lead for ParentsTogether. Before working for nonprofits such as the Human Rights Campaign and United Way, Mckenna spent nearly a decade as a child care provider and Pre-K teacher. Originally from Richmond, VA, she now lives in Philadelphia and writes poetry, fiction, and children’s literature in her spare time.