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Louisiana extends program that offers $100 gift cards for COVID-19 vaccination

By: - November 1, 2021 5:24 pm

Pfizer’s COVID-19 dosage for the younger age group is much smaller: 10 micrograms for kids, compared to 30 micrograms for adults.(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Until the end of November, Louisianians who get their first COVID-19 vaccination shot are eligible to receive $100, as part of an extended vaccine incentive campaign. 

The Louisiana Department of Health announced the campaign extension Monday. The campaign, Shot For $100, was started for college students in August, but was expanded to the state’s general population last month.  

Initially, the state pledged to give $100 gift cards to the first 75,000 college students who got vaccinated at participating higher education institutions, but Louisiana hasn’t come close to reaching that 75,000-person mark, even with the general population included. Only about 19,000 people have taken advantage of the gift cards so far. 

Five-to-11-year-olds will become eligible for the incentive, if COVID-19 vaccines for the age group are approved as expected. 

COVID-19 cases in the state are currently low, but just 47% of Louisiana residents are fully vaccinated. By comparison, over 70 percent of the U.S. population who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine is fully vaccinated. Louisiana’s vaccination rate is one of the lowest of any state in the country. 

“As we go into the holiday season, we must do everything we can to stay safe and prevent the next surge, and that includes many more of us getting the COVID vaccine,” State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter said in a press release.

In order to qualify for the gift card, people must use a vaccination site listed on People receive the gift card after their first shot, even if their vaccine protocol requires two shots. 

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Rachel Mipro
Rachel Mipro

Rachel Mipro has previous experience at WBRZ and The Reveille and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Louisiana State University. At LSU, she worked as an opinion editor for The Reveille and as a nonfiction editor for the university’s creative writing journal. In her free time, she enjoys baking, Netflix and hiking.