State offering $200 gift cards in effort to get more children vaccinated against COVID-19

A new incentive has been announced in an effort to get more children fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Minnesota.

On Tuesday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said families who get their 5- to 11-year-old children fully vaccinated in January and February can get a $200 Visa gift card per child.

However, in order to be eligible for the gift cards, the first and second doses must be administered between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28. Officials say families are able to receive one gift card for each eligible child who is vaccinated in that time frame.

Parents and guardians will be able to register their children once they have completed their two-dose series between 10 a.m. on Jan. 24 and 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 28. Gift card requests will be fulfilled throughout March of 2022, however, registrants are asked to allow up to six weeks after March 1 to receive the gift card in the mail.

The initiative is part of the "Kids Deserve a Shot" incentive program that is currently underway.

Walz also announced that, later this spring, drawings will be held for five $100,000 Minnesota college scholarships for all children ages 5-11 who are also fully vaccinated. While more details are expected in the next few months, officials say all Minnesotans in that age range who complete their first and second doses at any point in time will be eligible to enter the drawing.

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