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Monday, October 18, 2021

St. Paul – Today, Governor Tim Walz rolled out a new vaccine incentive program for children. The program will bribe Minnesotan children between the ages of 12 and 17 with a $200 gift card if they get the COVID-19 shot by November 30th. To incentivize parents to consent to their children being given the shot, a drawing will be held to give five of those students a $100,000 college scholarship. 

“Governor Walz is bribing children into taking a shot, while incentivizing parents with a ridiculous chance of a lottery scholarship so they sign the permission slip,” said Rep. Jeremy Munson (R-Lake Crystal). “Congress has granted pharmaceutical manufacturers complete civil and criminal immunity from vaccine injuries and deaths. Nevertheless, Governor Walz is trying to trick kids into getting a shot that President Biden has admitted could be harmful.”

On October 1st, President Biden directed the U.S. Department of Labor to set up a vaccine injury fund for federal workers. This fund would compensate federal employees if they are injured or killed as the result of taking a COVID-19 vaccine.

“If the vaccine is so safe, then why does President Biden expect federal employees to get injured by the vaccine?” said Rep. Tim Miller (R-Prinsburg). “Politicians and the media hit us over the head every day with this idea that COVID vaccines are absolutely, 100% safe; no questions asked. Yet they quietly prepare to compensate federal workers who get injured by these ‘100% safe’ vaccines.” 

No similar vaccine injury fund is available for Minnesota kids being targeted by Governor Walz. In announcing Governor Walz’s new vaccine incentive program, Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan said, “Our children deserve a shot of protection from these safe, effective vaccines.” 

Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa) concluded, “Liars always find it difficult to keep their stories straight. In this case, the Democrats are no different. They want to mandate that you receive the vaccine. They want to bribe your children, with tax money that used to be yours, into taking the vaccine. They tell you the vaccine is totally safe, and you should accept it without concerns. But behind closed doors, they acknowledge to each other that these narratives are not true. Total hypocrisy.” 

Rep. Steve Drazkowski (Republican-Mazeppa), Rep. Tim Miller (Republican-Prinsburg), Rep. Cal Bahr (Republican-East Bethel), and Rep. Jeremy Munson (Republican-Lake Crystal) are members of the New House Republican Caucus.