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Minnesota offers gift cards for getting kids 5-11 vaccinated against COVID-19, scholarship drawing in spring

The state of Minnesota is offering $200 gift cards to families that vaccinated their kids age 5-11. The state will hold a drawing for five $100,000 Minnesota college scholarships later this spring for this age group. Similar offers were made earlier for older children.

File photo of vaccination
A COVID-19 vaccination is given in this undated file photo in Willmar.
Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune file photo
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ST. PAUL — Minnesota parents may claim a $200 Visa gift card for vaccinating their 5- to 11-year-old children against COVID-19 in the state’s “Kids Deserve A Shot” program.

The gift cards will be available for families whose children receive both vaccine doses in January and February.

This spring, all families with fully vaccinated children ages 5-11 will be eligible for drawings for five $100,000 Minnesota college scholarships. The drawing will include all who are fully vaccinated up to the registration deadline.

According to a news release from the state, the Mayo Clinic has reported that Minnesota is first in the Midwest and sixth in the nation in vaccinating 5- to 11-year-olds.

Registration for the $200 Visa gift card opened at 10 a.m. Jan. 24 and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2022. Parents or guardians can register their kids on the state website by searching “Kids Deserve a Shot.”


Similar giveaways and drawings were held earlier for children in older age groups.

Details on the scholarship drawings will be announced in the coming months.

Those with questions about COVID-19 may call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: or phone 320-214-4340
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