Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos from Taco Bell. Company photo

Southern California icon Taco Bell plans to celebrate the full reopening of California from the pandemic with free tacos for customers who show their vaccination cards.

The Irvine-based company announced the free offer on Friday, saying it was “cheering on fans doing their part to make California safe” from coronavirus.

“It’s been a tough year, and we are all ready to put COVID-19 behind us,” said CEO Mark King. “We are thrilled to do our part and give back to our home state with something everyone knows and loves to celebrate those who have made the decision to get vaccinated.”

On June 15, Taco Bell customers who show a valid vaccination card with at least one dose will receive a free Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos at participating restaurants throughout the day.

The company has joined Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “Vax for the Win” program targeting younger Californians.

The first Taco Bell was opened in 1962 in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey by restaurant entrepreneur Glen Bell.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.