Do you want fries with that vaccine? McDonald’s to offer free meals with COVID jab Tuesday

June 1, 2021

Grab a burger, fries and a side of COVID-19 protection at a series of walk-in vaccine clinics Tuesday.

The Stark County Health Department and Stark Area Regional Transit Authority are teaming up to offer a mobile vaccine clinic at Stark County McDonald’s restaurants.

SARTA buses — temporarily turned into vaccine clinics — will travel around the county, stopping at eight McDonald’s franchises overseen by Tomtreyco.

Folks can hop on the bus in the parking lot, get the shot, and go inside the restaurant for a free meal and monitoring for side effects.

“It’s a cool thing. It’s a cool partnership,” Stark County Health Department communication specialist Chris Cugini said.

Reservations are not required. Participants only need a form of ID.

The clinic is offering the two-shot Pfizer-BioNTech, which is available for anyone 12 and older. Minors need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian, who will have to sign a consent form.

Those who get their first shot at the mobile clinic can get their second shot when the clinics return to the same locations June 22. 

“SARTA is all about getting people where they need to go, but in this case, we’re partnering up to help bring the vaccine to the people,” SARTA CEO Kirt Conrad said in a prepared statement. “The most important thing right now is to get Stark County moving again while keeping everyone safe. In providing a mobile vaccine clinic, we’re increasing that accessibility even more and working with these partners to assist the community in getting there.”

Tuesday’s schedule is:

As of Friday, 42% of Stark County residents — 155,643 people — had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Stark County Health Department is holding regular vaccine clinics at the Whipple-Dale Center at the headquarters of the Stark County Board of Development Disabilities on Whipple Avenue in Jackson Township.

To make an appointment, use the ArmorVax app on your smart device or see You also can make an appointment by calling 330-451-1681. The clinics accept walk-ins.

You can also find vaccine appointments at

Reach Jessica at 330-580-8322 or [email protected]

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