Hennepin County approves another $250K for COVID-19 vaccine incentives

Previously, the county approved $100K.
Publish date:

Hennepin County has approved an additional $250,000 for vaccine incentive programs 

County commissioners on Tuesday approved the additional funding, after authorizing an initial $100,000 for vaccine incentives earlier this summer. 

“Hennepin’s vaccine incentive program has succeeded in putting more shots in arms and rewards in residents’ pockets," Commissioner Chris LaTondresse said in a statement. "Today’s board action doubles down on this promising strategy, allocating $250,000 in new funds for this effort. 

"This incentive program has always been about taking vaccine disparities head on by increasing public trust and decreasing vaccine hesitancy. We still have a long way to go in eliminating these disparities, but the overwhelming public demand for these incentives shows that our efforts are paying off," he added. 

The incentive program includes partnering with community groups to host vaccine events and distributing "thank you" packs to residents who got the vaccine. 

Using the first $100,000, the county bought 2,235 $50 Visa gift cards and as of Monday, July 19, the county has given away 775 of them, mainly at county events. Meanwhile, nearly 50 community organizations have applied to receive incentive grants. 

Without the additional funding, the county says the initial inventory would have only lasted another week. 

The vaccine incentive program is focused on "rebuilding trust in communities by partnering with communities that have historically experienced medical exploitation, unconsented experimentation and marginalization to decrease vaccine hesitancy and disparities," the release says. 

For more on the county's vaccine incentives, click here.

Next Up

Jose Berrios

Latest Twins rumors: Berríos, Buxton, Maeda all landing in trade talks

The Twins are reportedly "extremely active as sellers" ahead of Friday's deadline.

oscar ortiz = moorhead manhunt

Suspect wanted in ND killing found under stairwell in Moorhead

He's awaiting extradition back to North Dakota.

hospital, emergency room

Separate crashes in western Minnesota leave 2 motorists dead

There have been at least 246 deaths on Minnesota roads this year.

riptide - new state fair ride

State Fair announces new rides, activities, vendors for this year

Here's a look at the new ride, vendors and competitions at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.


Man, 84, found dead in driveway pinned under minivan

He was found dead in his driveway by responders Tuesday morning.

Mike Zimmer

Vaccinations remain a hot topic as Vikings report to training camp

How could unvaccinated players alter the Vikings season?

Police lights

Homicide detectives investigating 2 more deaths in Minneapolis

There have been at least 50 homicides in Minneapolis this year.

storm, severe weather, derecho

Rare moderate risk – level 4 of 5 – for severe storms in MN, WI

"Have a way to receive warnings and be prepared to seek shelter quickly with these fast moving storms," says the NWS.

Mitch Garver

Winning 5-1 in the 9th, Twins give up grand slam, lose to Tigers

Mitch Garver's first career grand slam was wasted by the bullpen.

Taylor Rogers

Twins Rumors: Taylor Rogers could draw interest despite injury

The left-hander was placed on the injured list on Tuesday.


Severe storm watch: Apple-sized hail, 75 mph winds possible

A watch has been issued by the National Weather Service.

Screen Shot 2021-07-27 at 7.28.06 PM

Slain Red Lake officer identified as husband, father-of-four

Police say he was shot while responding to a report of a suicidal male who possibly had children the house.


covid, vaccine

Hennepin County approves $100,000 budget for vaccine incentives

The resolution will invest $100,000 in federal funding for the vaccine incentive program.


COVID-19: Hennepin County Board approves $8M to help bars, restaurants

The approval comes a day before Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce additional restrictions for restaurants.

covid, vaccine

Walz: COVID-19 vaccines for young teens expected to open this week

Gov. Walz said parents should be able to make appointments for their kids later this week.

vaccine, covid

Minnesota opening 7th community COVID vaccination site

The site will open in southern Minnesota next week.

vaccine timeline

Walz reveals who will be next in line for COVID-19 vaccines

The next group is slated to be able to get their shots in April.

Flickr - Visa cards stack - frankieleon

Hennepin County offering $100 VISA gift cards if you get a COVID vaccine

The county is using federal aid to try to boost the vaccination rate and lessen disparities.

covid-19, vaccine

How to book a COVID vaccine appointment in Minnesota

A guide to finding a vaccine appointment now that eligibility has opened up to those 16 and older.