Vaccine incentive program announced for state’s 5-11 year olds

Gov. Tim Walz is rolling out another vaccine incentive program, but this time, for the state’s kids aged 5 through 11.

“As Omicron surges across our nation, we’re continuing to use every resource we have to keep our families safe and healthy,” said Walz in a release.

“There’s a lot of highly transmissible virus circulating in our communities, but getting our children 5-11 years old vaccinated gives them critical protection against severe illness and hospitalization from COVID-19 and helps keep them in school. You’ll get $200 cash in your pocket for getting this easy vaccination done at the start of the year.”

Minnesota families who get this age group fully vaccinated from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28 would be able to register for a $200 Visa gift card on Jan. 24, as long as the two-dose series is complete.

Later this spring, there will be drawings for five $100,000 Minnesota college scholarships for all kids 5-11 who are fully vaccinated at any point up to the registration deadline.

More details on the scholarship drawing will be announced in the coming months.

Minnesotans can learn more about the ‘Kids Deserve a Shot’ program at: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/vaccine-rewards/kids-deserve-a-shot/index.jsp.


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