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Getting rewarded for the vaccine

Devin Martin
Updated: May 27, 2021 10:56 PM
Created: May 27, 2021 10:27 PM

(ABC 6 News) - On Thursday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz launched his pro-vaccination effort that he's calling 'Your Shot to Summer.' 

He says if you roll up your sleeve and get your shot, you can get a prize. Think of this as a game, you can win many prizes. 

"I think there's some pretty good data that shows incentives kind of work on this," Gov. Walz said. 

He's talking about incentives to get a vaccination. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz says he is doing what he can to make sure we reach that 70 percent vaccination rate statewide. His answer now as summer approaches, is to give some people a reason to get the vaccine. 

"We have to be realistic. The pool of folks who can get it have shrunk and the reasons why they're not getting it, we're still trying to clarify," Gov. Walz said. 

If you do get the shot, there are nine awards you can choose from. Ranging from Valleyfair Single Day Admission, state fair tickets, or a fishing license.

But what if you have already been vaccinated? Do you get a prize?

"You did get something, you got immunity, both for you and your community. Again, I don't want to say people who are waiting for the incentive, don't find a moral imperative," Gov. Walz said. 

But what do people in our community think? Is it going to work?

"I think it's in the best interest of all of us to get vaccinated. If a simple incentive is going to get people to do it, I think it's fantastic," Donald Matuska, a Plainview resident said. 

On our ABC 6 News Facebook Page, people are saying it's your choice to get the vaccine if you want it or not. Others are saying the state is bribing people to get the shot.

But at the end of the day, the Governor believes we're on track to beat this virus, he just wants to see more people vaccinated.

"It's continuing to drop, it's following the pattern we thought it would, and that will only get better as the vaccination rates go up," Gov. Walz said. 

So how do you sign up for the Minnesota incentives? Apply by the end of the month. The rewards are below. 

  • Great Lakes Aquarium Pass
    • Eligible for one entrance to the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth. Valid until July 1, 2023. The Minnesota Department of Health will provide recipients’ contact information to the Aquarium which will mail tickets to Minnesotans who select this option.
  •  Mall of America Nickelodeon Universe Pass
    • Eligible for a 30-point ride pass at Nickelodeon Universe that can be redeemed through September 1, 2021. The Minnesota Department of Health will provide recipients’ contact information to Mall of America who will send information to redeem the pass.
  •  Minnesota Fishing License
    • Eligible for one individual Minnesota resident annual fishing license effective through February 2022. Must be redeemed by July 30, 2021. Recipient must be eligible to hold a Minnesota fishing license. The Minnesota Department of Health will provide recipients’ contact information to the Department of Natural Resources which will reach out to Minnesotans to complete their fishing license application.
  •  Minnesota State Parks Pass
    • Eligible for one Minnesota State Parks annual pass. Minnesotans will receive the pass in the mail from the Department of Natural Resources. The Minnesota Department of Health will provide recipients’ contact information to the Department of Natural Resources which will mail the State Parks pass.
  •  Minnesota Zoo Admission
    • Eligible for one adult admission at the Minnesota Zoo through September 8. The Minnesota Department of Health will provide recipients’ contact information to the Minnesota Zoo which will email information in order for Minnesotans to redeem their admission.
  • Northwoods Baseball League Tickets
    • Eligible for one reserved ticket to attend a Northwoods League baseball game during the 2021 season. The Minnesota Department of Health will provide recipients’ contact information to the Northwoods League and Minnesotans will call the ticket office of the team they select and provide their full name and address for verification to reserve their ticket. Tickets are based on availability at the time of calling. Participating teams include the Rochester Honkers, Willmar Stingers, Mankato MoonDogs, St. Cloud Rox and the Duluth Huskies.
  • State Fair Tickets
    • Eligible for two admission tickets to the 2021 Minnesota State Fair. The Minnesota Department of Health will provide recipients’ contact information to the State Fair which will email tickets no later than July 16, 2021.
  • Valleyfair Single-Day Admission
    • Valid for one Valleyfair admission ticket and the chance to purchase additional tickets for the same date at a discounted rate during the 2021 season. The Minnesota Department of Health will provide a unique code via email in order for Minnesotans to redeem this offer.
  • Visa Card


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