Walz: Vaccinations in 12-17 age group up almost 40% since "Kids Deserve a Shot" launch

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(ABC 6 News) – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said Friday that vaccinations for the 12 to 17 age group is up nearly 40% since the launch of the "Kids Deserve a Shot" campaign.

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The campaign’s launch came six months after 12 to 17-year-olds became eligible for COVID vaccinations. During the first week of the campaign, more than 2,200 Minnesotans in the 12-17 age group received their first dose, compared to 1,600 the week prior to the launch.

“Every shot in the arm helps us fight COVID-19, and we’re excited to reward every 12-17-year-old who joins us in that fight,” said Governor Walz.

“Whether kids have completed their vaccine series or haven’t started yet, there’s a reward for them. There are only 12 days left to get your first dose and be eligible for that $200 in your pocket, and every fully vaccinated 12-17-year-old can register for their shot at $100,000 for college.”

The deadline for Minnesotans age 12-17 to get their first dose and be eligible for the $200 Visa gift card is Tuesday, November 9.

To sign up to receive a COVID vaccine as part of the campaign click here.