Walz launches ‘Kids Deserve a Shot’ vaccine incentive in Minnesota

ST. PAUL (WKBT) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Monday launched the “Kids Deserve a Shot” vaccine incentive program, which is aimed at getting 12- to 17-year-olds fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The program consists of two sets of rewards: a $200 Visa gift card for 12-17-year-olds who start and complete their vaccine series over the next six weeks, and five drawings of $100,000 Minnesota college scholarships for any Minnesotan 12-17 years old with a complete vaccine series.

“Our administration is dedicated to doing everything we can to keep our kids safe during this pandemic — and that includes working to get as many Minnesotans vaccinated as possible,” said Walz. “We’re launching this program to help reward teens for doing their part by getting fully vaccinated and keeping our schools, community, and state safe. If you haven’t started your vaccine series yet, do it now and get $200 in your pocket. And to every Minnesota teen across the state: Get fully vaccinated and get your shot at a $100,000 college scholarship.”

Minnesotans can read full program details and rules and register online at https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/vaccine-rewards/kids-deserve-a-shot/.

Walz is funding the program with $12.2 million of federal American Rescue Plan funds.

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