Minnesotans who get their COVID-19 vaccines between July 30 and Aug. 15 will receive a $100 Visa gift card, Gov. Tim Walz announced.
The governor announced Minnesota would be joining President Joe Biden's federal initiative, which was announced on Thursday afternoon.
"I know that paying people to get vaccinated might sound unfair to folks that have gotten vaccinated already but here’s the deal: if incentives help us beat this virus, I believe we should use them,” President Biden said. "We all benefit if we can get more people vaccinated."
Any Minnesotan aged 12 and over who are eligible for the vaccine and haven't yet received it will get the gift card, which can be spent anywhere.
Some $2.5 million in federal funding will be made available for the scheme, enough for 25,000 people.
It's more than a previous incentive campaign announced by Gov. Walz in late May, which included free tickets to the State Fair, free fishing licenses, and a $25 Visa gift card.
It comes as Minnesota's vaccination campaign has somewhat stalled in June and July. Only 56.6% of state residents have been vaccinated – a figure that includes the under 12s who are not yet eligible.
“President Biden is calling for a nationwide push to make sure our families and communities are vaccinated and protected against COVID-19 and the Delta variant, and Minnesota is ready to join the effort,” said Governor Walz. “We have made so much progress to combat this virus. We cannot give up ground now, especially with students returning to the classroom this fall. Getting paid $100 to keep your family safe is a pretty good deal – all you have to do is roll up your sleeves.”
How to get the $100
Those who get vaccinated between July 30 and Aug. 15 will be able to verify their first dose from Aug. 4 onwards and claim their $100 at mn.gov/covid19.
To get a vaccine, you can walk in or make an appointment through VaccineConnector.mn.gov.
You can also use the state's vaccine locator map, or call your local health provider.