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St Paul (KROC AM News) -  Minnesota is offering a $100 gift card to anyone 12 and older who gets their first Covid shot by Aug. 15.

Gov. Tim Walz made the announcement Thursday in hopes of increasing the state’s vaccination rate that has stalled in recent weeks. Walz had hoped the state would reach the 70-percent vaccination threshold by the 4th of July but at last report, it was still below that figure.

Reaction to the governor's announcement was mixed on his Facebook page: 

Gov Walz Facebook
Gov Walz Facebook
Gov Walz Facebook
Gov Walz Facebook

At this time, the rewards program is limited to the first 24,330 eligible submissions.

Olmsted County continues to report the highest vaccination rate in the state. The latest numbers show nearly 100,000 Olmsted residents are fully vaccinated. The number of those 16 and older who have had at least one shot has reached 82-percent.

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