Free food per COVID-19 jab? Rundown of businesses offering freebies, discounts for vaccinated Pinoys

June 9, 2021 - 4:08 PM
A health worker administers a dose of the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, as economic workers queue to get vaccinated at Robinsons Place, in Manila, Philippines, June 8, 2021. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

Did you know that you could get a free coffee drink, a burger and more freebies if you get vaccinated against COVID-19?

The Department of Health partnered with private businesses for its “RESBAKUNA” vaccination program to encourage people to have themselves inoculated against COVID-19 in exchange for various discounts, freebies and other interesting offers.

The DOH shared this announcement on June 2.

“Mga ka-RESBAKUNA, sulit na sulit ang pagbabakuna ninyo! Bukod sa proteksyon kontra COVID-19, makakalikom ka pa ng sangkatutak na benefits, freebies at exclusive discounts!” the health agency said.

“Pumunta lamang sa ating participating stores at ipakita iyong vaccination card! Bisitahin ang para sa kumpletong listahan ng partner stores! Sulit na sulit ang pag-RESBAKUNA!” it added.


The agency also attached a link to the Ingat Angat platform where viewers can browse restaurants, bars and other establishments from which vaccine benefits they wish to claim.

Ingat Angat is a private sector-led campaign in partnership with the following agencies—Inter-Agency Task Force on Managing Emerging Infectious Diseases, the National Task Force against COVID-19, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Tourism.

In the terms and conditions of the program called SMART Bakuna Benefits Program, those who received their COVID-19 vaccines should present their COVID-19 vaccination cards along with a valid ID, to redeem the discount and freebie offers in participating stores.

“Applicable upon presentation of a valid and original COVID-19 vaccination card and valid ID. Should customer not be able to present both documents, promo cannot be redeemed,” the guidelines said.

“Offer is non-transferrable. The presence of the COVID-19 vaccination cardholder is needed to redeem the offer. Redemption via authorized representatives will not be accommodated,” it added.

These COVID-19 jab benefit offers will be available this month until August 31, 2021.

As of writing, the benefits program has 157 participating companies and businesses. These include well-known names such as:

  • Manam Comfort Filipino
  • Macao Imperial Tea
  • 8 Cuts Burgers
  • Banapple
  • K-Pub BBQ
  • McDonald’s
  • Mang Inasal
  • NIU by Vikings
  • Potato Corner
  • Cebu’s Best Rico’s Lechon
  • Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
  • Scout’s Honor
  • Red Ribbon
  • Tim Ho Wan
  • Hawker Chan

COVID-19 vaccinated individuals may view the full list of participating merchants as well as their guidelines here.

Twitter user @venieceitaly also shared an infographic that featured these businesses to motivate the local Twitter community to receive their COVID-19 vaccines.

“If this pub can convince my tamad magpabakuna dad to get vaccinated, I’m sharing these #BakunaBenefits to motivate more people to get vaccinated!” the user said.

Discounts and other gimmicks to encourage individuals to take the COVID-19 jab are not new.

In the United States, doughnut chain Krispy Kreme offered free glazed donuts to Americans who have valid COVID-19 vaccination cards.

In Las Piñas, Rep. Camille Villar (Las Piñas) also launched “May Bahay sa Bakuna program” that gives COVID-19 vaccinated residents a chance to win a house and lot, motorcycle and livelihood showcase.