By any stretch of the word you could call it a success.  The Minnesota Department of Health's 'Vax To School' campaign has doubled vaccination numbers for 12 to 17 year olds in the two weeks it's been going.

According to details released by the Minnesota Department of Health show that more than 20,000 people within that age group have "received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and are on their way to being fully vaccinated by the beginning of the school year". As a matter of percentage, the 12-15 year old numbers are up 107% and the 16-17 year old numbers are up 112%.

Illustrative vial of coronavirus vaccine

The success numbers show the strong efforts that health officials are making towards making sure that school age kids can have as normal of a school year and possible.  To accomplish that, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has coordinated a lot of outreach efforts.  "[M]ore than 140 school-based vaccination events [are] being held across the state at K-12, district, and charter schools, and college campuses this summer".

Along with the benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine, students in this age group can also earn cash.  All students who get vaccinated through Sunday, August 15 are eligible for a $100 Visa gift card.  Vaccinated people need to submit their reward request to the Minnesota Department of Health by 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 15. Click here for details.  All vaccination information will be subject to verification by the MDH.


Even as the school year gets closer, the Minnesota Department of Health will continue their 'Vax To School' efforts.

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For up to the minute details about COVID-19 - case numbers, vaccine status, resources, and links, click here to visit their home page.  You can also learn about the MDH's mission, history, and even apply for a job.


What Do I Do If I Lose My COVID-19 Vaccination Card?

When you get your COVID-19 vaccine, you're handed a card that details the date, manufacturer variety, and location of your dose. If you're getting one of the two-dose vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna), you'll need that card to coordinate your second and final dose. But even with the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and even after getting the second shot, you'll need to keep that card in a safe place.

While nationwide vaccine mandates aren't a thing at the present time, there are a variety of times you might need that card even after completing the vaccine process. Many schools (primary, secondary, and higher education) are requiring the COVID-19 vaccine similar to other vaccinations. Additionally, some entertainment venues and mass transportation are requiring either proof of a negative COVID test or the vaccine card.

So what happens if you lose it? Relax. There are ways of obtaining a replacement - and they differ slightly whether you've lost it before getting both doses or after.

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