(WPRI) — Getting a free COVID-19 vaccine was just as easy as grabbing an iced coffee from Dunkin’ for many Southern New Englanders Wednesday morning.
Gov. Dan McKee and the R.I. Department of Health teamed up with Dunkin’ to bring mobile vaccination units to select locations across the state on Iced Coffee Day — Dunkin’s annual fundraising initiative to support Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
On Iced Coffee Day, $1 from every iced coffee or cold brew sold at Dunkin’ locations in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts is donated to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Since its inception in 2010, the annual Iced Coffee Day initiative has raised more than $2 million for the hospital.
McKee visited the coffee chain’s Armistice Boulevard location Wednesday, where he served iced coffees to unexpecting residents in the drive-through.
“I think by the fall we will be fully reopened and if we get 90% vaccinated, we will be in good shape,” McKee said. “We’re still challenged on the economic reopening, still challenged on schools and universities reopening, so there’s a great deal of work to do, but we’re going to continue with vaccinations.”
Providence College sent its mascots to Dunkin’s Mineral Spring Avenue location in North Providence, and the Providence Bruins’ Samboni also made a brief appearance.
Representatives from Hasbro were also on hand for a check presentation related to another fundraiser for the hospital recently hosted by Dunkin’ and the Bruins.
In West Warwick, Jared and Ashley Haibon from ABC’s “The Bachelor” worked the drive-through and the counter as part of the coffee chain’s event.
University of Rhode Island Basketball coaches David Cox and Tami Reiss visited the Ten Rod Road location and brought free Rhody basketball ticket vouchers to those who received their vaccines on site.