At the former YMCA in Lino Lakes, workers have distributed more than 13,300 doses of the Pfizer vaccine since April 9. They hit that mark even though they were only open on Fridays and Saturdays. Vaccination rates slowed down in May statewide, but many who were getting vaccinated in Lino Lakes while we were there hope those incentives will help.
Zach Streit wasn’t aware of the offer, but plans to make use of it.
“Apparently you can get a fishing license or other stuff like that. It piqued my interest because I’m an avid fisherman in need of a new license this year. But I think if more people know of the incentives, that would be beneficial to getting more people vaccinated,” Streit said.
The incentives, which apply to 100,000 people who get their shots between May 27 and June 30, didn’t bring a huge crowd to this site right away. But those who were here say it’s a good idea.
“If you were on the fence about getting it, maybe it sways you,” said Kaylen Ricker. “But for me, it’s like I have to do it for my peace of mind. I mean getting COVID terrifies me more than anything.”
In announcing the incentives, Governor Walz called it your shot to summer. Others echoed that idea, that it’s a big step toward normal.
“I think we’ve done the best we can with the situation,” said Streit. “But this is a step in the right direction toward getting people safe. Ultimately we want life back to normal.”
Meanwhile efforts continue to try to reach out to unvaccinated people. A vaccination clinic at the National Sports Center popped up this past weekend during the NSC Cup Soccer Tournament. The goal was to reach 300 teens. A second dose clinic will be held June 19th, during the All American Cup Soccer Tournament.