Early success has resulted in an extension of the cash incentive for Wisconsin residents to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has extended the deadline that was set to expire on Labor Day to September 19.  The existing stipulations to qualify for the incentive remain.

Since it was announced on August 23, the cash incentive program has resulted in an increase in vaccine numbers for the state.  According to an article in the Wisconsin State Journal, "more than 65,000 first doses of the vaccine had been administered in the first 12 days of the incentive program". This number runs parallel to the 55% of the state's eligible population who has received at least one dose of one of the COVID-19 vaccines.

In a statement that came with the announcement, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers detailed the reasons the extension came along:

"We're excited to see so many Wisconsinites across the state rolling up their sleeves to get the COVID-19 vaccine to help protect the health and safety pf themselves and others and claiming their $100 reward.  I'm glad to be able to extend this program to give others the opportunity to take advantage of this great offer, and to do their part to help protect our state and stop the spread of the Delta variant."

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With the additional two weeks of the program, state officials hope that the number of vaccinated people continues to rise.

As reported, the original stipulations continue to exist for qualification.  The $100 Visa gift cards are available to anyone 12 years of age and older who receives their first dose of any of the available COVID-19 vaccines - between August 20 and the new deadline of September 19.

To receive the $100 Visa gift card, participants need to fill out information and register their name at the website set up by the state.  Click here for more details. State officials remind participants that it might take up to six weeks for the gift cards to get mailed out.

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Evers had also offered an incentive to Wisconsin State Fair goers - a free cream puff voucher.  During the eleven-day fair, a total of 608 people received their vaccines.

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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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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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