COVID-19 shot for money attracts almost 80,000 Minnesotans

Gov. Tim Walz introduced the conclusion of Minnesota’s $100 COVID-19 vaccine incentive program that drew almost 80,000 Minnesotans to get a primary injection since July 30.

This system has appeared to assist enhance Minnesota’s vaccination charge over the previous month. The seven-day common for first doses administered was 2,675 one month in the past in comparison with a present common of 4,955 first doses every day.

Walz introduced this system on July 29. Walz initially licensed $2.5 million in federal American Rescue Plan funding to start out the rewards program and the Legislative COVID-19 Response Fee permitted a further $13.8 million.

This system was widespread amongst Minnesotans whose vaccination charges are decrease than the statewide common. Whereas each Minnesota county recorded no less than 70 present card requests, this system was hottest per capita in Brown, Carlton, Sherburne, Mille Lacs, and Chisago counties, in keeping with state officers. Except Carlton County, every of those counties lags behind the statewide 16-and-older vaccination charge by between 5 and 21 share factors.

Practically 80% of incentive requests got here from Minnesotans underneath the age of fifty, whose vaccination charges path these of older Minnesotans.

In whole, this system garnered 79,810 submissions.

“The $100 incentive program was an important success. I’m so happy extra Minnesotans have obtained their vaccine and are on their strategy to defending themselves, their households, and their communities from COVID-19,” Walz stated in a press release. “All people in our state benefited from this incentive program, no matter after they received their shot. The easiest way to handle COVID-19 is by vaccinating extra of our associates and neighbors. This program went a great distance towards growing statewide vaccination charges and constructing the group program we want towards the virus.”

About 70.9% of Minnesotans ages 16 and older have obtained a primary injection.

Though fully-vaccinated Minnesotan can nonetheless contract COVID-19, the objective of the vaccine is to cut back hospitalizations and demise so hospitals received’t be overwhelmed. State knowledge says as of July 25, greater than 3 million Minnesotans have been totally vaccinated. Of these, simply .321% of totally vaccinated residents contracted COVID-19, whereas .023% have been hospitalized, and .002% died of COVID-19.

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