State offering $100 to Wisconsinites who get COVID vaccine in next two weeks

Last updated on August 23rd, 2021 at 06:22 pm

Wisconsin residents who receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine between now and Sept. 6 can receive a $100 Visa gift card, Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday.

The incentive program comes as public health officials continue to encourage residents to get vaccinated before students return to school and in response to the spreading Delta variant. It also comes on the same day the FDA gave full approval to the Pfizer COVID vaccine. Previously it and other COVID vaccines had only received emergency-use approval from the FDA.

Wisconsinites ages 12 and older are eligible for the $100 reward for getting a COVID shot.

“From now through Labor Day, if you’re a Wisconsin resident and you get your first COVID-19 shot here in the state, you will get $100,” Evers said. “It’s that simple: get vaccinated, get $100. I’m calling on all eligible Wisconsinites who have not gotten their COVID-19 vaccine yet to step up, roll up their sleeve, and do their part to help protect our state and put an end to COVID-19.”

To receive the Visa gift card, Wisconsin residents need to fill out the form available at 100.wisconsin.gov. Information submitted will be used to verify that they received their first vaccine dose from a vaccine provider located in Wisconsin between Aug. 20 and Sept. 6. Visa cards will be mailed to the individual’s address.

“COVID-19 is continuing to spread and mutate into highly transmissible variants like the Delta variant. Fortunately, the science and data are showing us that we can protect ourselves and our loved ones by getting vaccinated,” said DHS secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “The vaccines are extremely safe. They are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death. And they are critical to protecting our kids, our health care workers, and the most vulnerable people in our state.”

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Lauren Anderson is an associate editor and covers health care, nonprofits and education for BizTimes. Lauren previously reported on education for the Waukesha Freeman. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied journalism.

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