Sure, you told people you were getting the COVID-19 vaccination because you wanted to protect yourself and others from the virus, and you want us to get back to normal. Admit it, you did it to get free donuts and stuff.

I really doubt that anyone who's rolled up their sleeve for the COVID-19 vaccine(s) did it with the thought of getting bonused by various merchants across the country, but those bonuses are still there for the taking if you're interested.

I'll run down the list of some of those perks, or premiums, or freebies, or whatever, but based upon anecdotal evidence (listening to people around me talk), it seems that the best bonus from getting the injections would be the hope of throwing away your masks in the near future and getting back to pre-pandemic life. So far, those promises have been tentative at best.

I've tried to scour the internet looking for these freebies, and according to places like Forbes, RetailMeNot, and the Today Show, here's what you may be able to grab up (assuming these things appeal to you):

  • Free marijuana edibles: Big catch on this one, though. You'll have to drive out to Phoenix, Arizona to The Mint Dispensary. Fox 13 Now reports that the Mint Dispensary will give free marijuana edibles to customers over the age of 21 who present their vaccination card.
  • Krispy Kreme donuts: The Today Show says that this giveaway began back in March, but will continue through the end of the year. Guests who show a valid COVID-19 vaccination card at any Krispy Kreme shop in the U.S. can get a free iconic Original Glazed doughnut every day through the rest of 2021. There has been some backlash to this one, with several doctors warning of the potential for weight gain when you devour donuts, to others calling the offer "indoctrination." It's a donut. Calm down.
  • Samuel Adams Beer: The cool thing about this offer, according to RetailMeNot.com, is that you don't have to go anywhere initially to get the freebie offered up by Sam Adams. If you're comfortable in doing it, they ask that you share a picture of your vaccine card or sticker on Instagram or Twitter and tag the company and use #ShotForSam or send to the company’s email to enter. If you're one of the first 10,000 people to do this, you'll receive $7 to cover a Sam Adams beer at a local bar or restaurant.

There are some more freebies available out there for the recently-vaccinated, but seriously, if free weed, donuts, and beer aren't enough to inspire you, I just don't know what will.

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.