On Thursday Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said the state will join in the Biden Administration's plan to provide $100 incentives to residents who get COVID-19 vaccinations by mid-August.
President Joe Biden announced the rewards as part of sweeping new pandemic requirements for millions of federal workers as he denounced an "American tragedy" of rising-yet-preventable deaths among unvaccinated people.
Starting Friday, unvaccinated Minnesotans 12 and older who get their first shot by Aug. 15 will get a $100 Visa gift card to spend however they choose.
All Minnesotans qualify for free COVID-19 shots through health care providers, pharmacies and other sources.
Minnesota, while better than most states, is still seeing a rise in cases due to the delta variant.
This new strain of coronavirus is as contagious as chickenpox and likely leads to more severe infections than earlier variants, according to an internal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that came out this week.