Walz announces $200 reward for kids 12-17 who get COVID shots

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Gov. Tim Walz announced the new incentive program, titled "Kids Deserve a Shot," Monday. Over the next six weeks, all 12- to 17-year-olds who complete their COVID vaccine series will receive a $200 Visa gift card. In addition, those vaccine recipients and any 12- to 17-year-olds who are fully vaccinated can be entered in one of five drawings to win a $100,000 Minnesota college scholarship.
Minnesota kids aged 12-17 can get a $200 gift card if they get fully vaccinated in the weeks ahead.

Gov. Tim Walz announced the new incentive program, titled "Kids Deserve a Shot," Monday. Over the next six weeks, all 12- to 17-year-olds who complete their COVID vaccine series will receive a $200 Visa gift card.

In addition, those vaccine recipients and any 12- to 17-year-olds who are fully vaccinated can be entered in one of five drawings to win a $100,000 Minnesota college scholarship.

COVID cases among K-12 students and staff have been surging since the beginning of the school year. Last week, the state reported 2,313 new cases among those groups.

The governor's office, in Monday's announcement, highlighted the lagging vaccination rates among those 12-17. About half of all Minnesotans age 12-15 are fully vaccinated, while less than 60% of those age 16-17 are fully vaccinated, Walz's office…
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