SANTA FE – New Mexico’s largest child care providers are offering free day care for parents who are getting a COVID-19 vaccine before July 4, state officials announced Wednesday.
The child care offer covers dates of the vaccine appointments and, in some cases, recovery time on ensuing days when parents might be feeling the effects of a second dose.
It is the latest push by corporate leaders to incentivize vaccine rollouts and highlight their businesses, from free beer to free rides via rideshare apps.
New Mexico officials have also offered millions of dollars in incentives in one of the largest lottery prizes in the country.
KinderCare in Albuquerque says it is providing free child care days as part of a nationwide effort to encourage vaccinations announced by the White House last week in the run-up to July 4th.
“We don’t want a lack of child care to stop your family from making an appointment to get vaccinated or from taking a family member in to get their COVID vaccine,” KinderCare district manager Aaron Alaniz said in a statement.
The company’s four locations in Albuquerque are participating in the vaccine promotion, mostly Monday through Friday.
Other child care centers such as La Petite Academy in Santa Fe and Albuquerque are also participating, according to the state’s Early Childhood Education and Care Department.
YMCA locations in New Mexico and nationwide are also offering free child care to members and nonmembers.