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Hundreds have gotten the COVID vaccine — and $100 — at MN State Fair

Those who get their first jab at the fair get a $100 Visa gift card on the spot.
Minnesota State Auditor Julie Blaha's crop art at the 2021 Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesota State Auditor Julie Blaha's crop art at the 2021 Minnesota State Fair.

More than 1,000 people have gotten their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Minnesota State Fair thus far. 

Minnesotans who get their first jab at the Great Minnesota Get-Together this year get a $100 Visa gift card on the spot from the State of Minnesota as part of its effort to get more people vaccinated. 

And the incentive seems to be working. 

In the first four days of the State Fair, 1,199 fairgoers have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine at the Community Vaccine Clinic inside the State Fair. Of the 3,600 $100 Visa gift cards available, people have already claimed 1,183 of them. (Only those getting their first jab are eligible for the money.)

“More than 1,000 Fairgoers have rolled up their sleeves and walked away with both $100 in hand and a new layer of protection against this deadly virus,” Gov. Tim Walz said on Tuesday. “Don’t miss this opportunity. If you’re already going to be at the State Fair, get your shot and get your cash.”

Prior to this incentive, the State of Minnesota ran a $100 vaccine incentive program, which saw nearly 80,000 Minnesotans sign up for the reward after getting their first dose. 

Free COVID-19 vaccines are available for people 12 and older at the Minnesota State Fair through Labor Day. Fairgoers can make an appointment online here or walk into the clinic (no appointment is necessary), which is located in the North End Event Center, north of Murphy Avenue. 

No identification or insurance is needed to get the free vaccine. 

Those who need their first or second dose can get it at the clinic, which is offering both the two-dose Pfizer vaccine and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

For more on the vaccination clinic at the State Fair, click here

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