Minnesota sets fairs, fishing as lure for COVID-19 vaccinations
May 28, 2021
A new incentive program in Minnesota will offer 100,000 new COVID-19 vaccine recipients free fishing licenses or state park passes, or tickets to summer destinations such as Valleyfair and the State Fair.
Gov. Tim Walz and state health officials hope the modest incentives will be enough to boost COVID-19 vaccinations in Minnesota and nudge people who have been hesitant to get their shots. Unveiling the program at Fort Snelling State Park on Thursday, the governor called it "perfect timing" to increase vaccinations amid a sharp decline in the latest COVID-19 wave.
"We figured by the end of May that our vaccination program and the mitigation efforts we had taken would blunt that surge. That's proving to be true," Walz said. "This gives us a wonderful opportunity ... to get the last bunch of folks to get in and get vaccinated."