According to MDH, COVID-19 vaccine coverage rates for Minnesotan adolescents lag behind coverage levels for adults 18 and older. As of Dec. 29, 62 percent of 12- to 15-year-olds had received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, with a range of 76.6 percent first dose coverage in the seven-county metro region to a low of 40.7 percent in greater Minnesota regions.
Further, Minnesotans living in the highest disadvantaged ZIP codes have lower COVID-19 vaccine coverage compared to adolescents living in the least disadvantaged ZIP codes.
It’s important to continue to recommend COVID-19 vaccine to adolescents and use MIIC reminder/recall tools to bring in those still unvaccinated. All Minnesotans 12-17 who have completed their two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series at any time in 2021 are eligible for a $100,000 college scholarship from the state of Minnesota. Learn more at Kids Deserve a Shot!.