Minn. Gov. Walz offers vaccine incentives for teens

Minn. Gov. Walz offers vaccine incentives for teens

ST. PAUL, MN - APRIL 19: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz speaks during a press conference about public safety as the Derek Chauvin murder trial goes to jury deliberations on April 19, 2021 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Closing statements were heard today in the trial of the former Minneapolis Police officer who is charged with multiple counts of murder in the death of George Floyd. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

ST. PAUL, MINN. – APRIL 19: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks during a press conference about public safety. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 6:32 PM PT – Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) announced a vaccine incentive program for teens called “Kids Deserve a Shot.”

The Democrat announced the program recently for all Minnesota residents ages 12-to-17, giving them the chance to win hundreds of dollars in gift cards and up to $100,000 in scholarships if they are fully vaccinated. Teens who complete their two-dose vaccine series between Oct. 18 and Nov. 30 will be eligible.

“Keeping our kids in school, keeping them doing the activities that are helping. So, we’re here today to know that one of the big pieces of that is getting kids vaccinated,” said Walz.

Republican Rep. Jeremy Munson (Minn.) has voiced his opposition to the program and said the governor is bribing kids to get the jab while “incentivizing parents with a ridiculous chance of a lottery scholarship so they sign the permission slip.” He went on to say Walz is simply trying to trick kids into getting a vaccine that Biden has admitted could be harmful.

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