Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce COVID-19 Vaccine incentives on Thursday in Minnesota, where 61 percent of persons aged 12 and up have got at least first doses, but immunisation rates have stalled. Starting Memorial Day weekend, the first 100,000 persons who seek fresh immunizations will be eligible for free admission to Minnesota attractions, sports, fairs, and state parks, as well as free fishing licences.
Walz will provide further details at a news conference at a state park on Thursday, but the incentive programme will be similar to Maine’s tiny gifts rather than Ohio’s $1 million lottery for new COVID-19 Vaccine users. Teddy Tschann, a spokesman for the governor, said, “As Minnesotans are making their summer plans, Governor Walz will announce new vaccine incentives to ensure Minnesotans can enjoy the summer while staying safe and healthy.”
Since then, vaccination rates have risen, with the state reporting over 122,000 initial doses in the last week. However, the overdue reporting of 24,000 doses given to Minnesotans in North Dakota, the new reporting of vaccines given to Minnesotans in Iowa, and the widening of eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine to persons aged 12 to 15 all contributed to the increase.