Minnesotans who get their 1st COVID-19 vaccine at the state fair to receive $100

Gov. Tim Walz announced on Wednesday that the state will offer $100 Visa gift cards to Minnesotans who get their first COVID-19 vaccine dose at the Minnesota State Fair.

The first 3,600 Minnesotans to get their first dose of vaccine at the state fair will be able to claim a $100 Visa gift card immediately after getting their shot.

"If you’ve waited to get your shot, there’s never been a better opportunity: You can walk away with a $100 Visa gift card in-hand if you get your first COVID-19 dose at the state fair," Walz said. "We continue to be committed to meeting Minnesotans where they are and making it as convenient as possible to get a shot, including right at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. If you’re going to the state fair and still need your first dose, just swing by the North End Event Center, get your shot, and get $100."

Here’s how fairgoers can get vaccinated:

  • Walk-ins are welcome or fairgoers can make an appointment beforehand via the COVID-19 Vaccination at the Fair link.
  • The Community Vaccine Clinic will be open daily 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Labor Day.
  • State fair tickets are required to enter state fairgrounds.

The Community Vaccine Clinic will be located at the North End Event Center, North of Murphy Avenue. No appointment, identification, or insurance will be necessary to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Anyone 12 years of age and older who needs their first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine can get vaccinated at the clinic. The Community Vaccine Clinic will be offering both the Pfizer vaccine and single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Only Minnesotans receiving their first dose of the vaccine will qualify for the $100 Visa gift card.

The incentive comes after the conclusion of Minnesota’s previous $100 COVID-19 vaccine incentive program, with nearly 80,000 Minnesotans who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine since July 30 signing up for the reward.

A map directing fairgoers to the fair vaccination clinic can be found here.