Incentives Are Being Offered To Non-Hennepin County Residents, TooBy WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hennepin County is now offering incentives for those who get vaccinated for COVID-19.

According to Hennepin County officials, the county board authorized the use of $100,000 in federal funding for the incentives, which are being implemented to help encourage those who haven’t been vaccinated to do so. Fewer than 60% of residents in the county’s 19 zip codes have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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“This action is an opportunity to build on Minnesota’s statewide vaccine incentive strategy in a way that’s specifically tailored to the unique needs and concerns of Hennepin County residents. For us, this means addressing vaccine disparities by race and neighborhood,” District 6 Commissioner Chris LaTondresse said.

Details Of The Incentives

Between July 1 and Aug. 15, everyone ages 12 and up is eligible to receive a $50 VISA gift card when they receive a first or second dose at any Hennepin County vaccine event. Officials note that incentives will be offered as long as supplies last.

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There is no charge for the vaccine and you don’t have to be a resident of Hennepin County to receive an incentive. For list of upcoming vaccine events, click here.

Community organizations working to promote COVID-19 vaccination in their communities are also eligible for grants of up to $3,000 to use toward vaccine incentives.

“Examples of incentives that community organizations may offer include food, entertainment, vaccine education events, gift cards, and thank you packs,” the release said.

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Community organizations need to use the funds by Sept. 30. More information on applying here.