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City of Brookings to give away more than $50,000 as part of COVID-19 vaccine incentive program

“Your Shot to Win” program launches September 14

The City of Brookings is giving away $50,000 in cash prizes as well as $10,000 in scholarships as part of a COVID-19 vaccine incentive program. Prizes include ten $5,000 cash prizes as well as ten $1,000 scholarships to South Dakota State University students.

Winners will be randomly selected from among all eligible entries received. Two scholarship winners will be announced weekly. All other prize winners will be announced October 14, 2021. The deadline to enter the sweepstakes is October 10, 2021 by 11:59p.m. CST.

Read the City of Brookings COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive Program press release

Student Vaccine Incentive

Posted Sept. 3, 2021

SDSU Students –

The university will incentivize vaccinations during both the Sept. 9 and Oct. 7 clinics. The clinics will operate from 1 - 6 p.m. in the Volstorff Ballroom at the University Student Union. Additional information is included below from the email sent earlier this week.

The incentive will include providing $50 in Hobo Dough for each dose. Both clinics are walk-up and students only need to come with paperwork completed from this link.

The Hobo Dough incentive will be loaded on student ID cards and is redeemable at any SDSU retail location, (e.g.  Bookstore, Dining Services, vending) and several off-campus locations. 

The funds will be loaded as students leave the waiting area following the receipt of the vaccine. No student information will be taken to receive the funds. The same incentive system will be employed at the Oct. 7 clinic for those that receive the two-dose Moderna vaccine.

Note: Incentives are only provided to students receiving vaccinations during this specific clinic and not for vaccinations delivered outside of this event, or at any other venue.

Questions can be directed to the SDSU Student Health Clinic at 605-688-4157.

Student Vaccine Clinic

Posted August 31, 2021

Student Vaccine Clinic – A vaccine clinic for students will be held Sept. 9 in the Volstorff Ballroom at the University Student Union from 1 -6 p.m. Both the Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available to the first 600 students who attend.


  • Any student who wishes to receive their first dose of Moderna will need to attend the second dose clinic Oct. 7.
  • If a student received their first Moderna vaccine before the start of the semester and at least 28 days have passed, they may receive their second vaccine Sept. 9. Please bring your vaccine card so that we can enter the second dose.
  • Anyone wanting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only needs to attend the Sept. 9 clinic.

Again, the clinic is free and students may arrive anytime between 1 and 6 p.m. Students must be 18 years and older for the clinic. Please bring an ID. If possible, please complete the necessary form before coming to the clinic and bring them with you.

Student Health Clinic

Posted August 31, 2021

Student Health Clinic – The SDSU Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services, located in the Miller Wellness Center, is also offering students the two-dose Moderna and the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine if any student wants the vaccine and cannot attend Sept. 9 clinic, or wants to start their sequence sooner. Students can also receive a vaccination after the Sept. 9 clinic.

Students can schedule a vaccine appointment by calling 605-688-4157 or logging into the patient portal through MyState. The clinic hours are:

  • Monday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Vaccine Locations in Brookings

Posted August 31, 2021

Vaccine Locations in Brookings – Any student and employee can receive a FREE Covid-19 vaccine in the Brookings area. Several locations in Brookings offer the Pfizer vaccine and will take walk-in patients, along with having evening hours. Please access the information on the Brookings Health System website to find COVID-19 vaccine options in the community.

Additional Vaccine Resources

Posted August 31, 2021

Additional Links to Learn More:

Thank you everyone. Please continue to stay safe and healthy this semester and consider getting a vaccine if you have not already. High rates of vaccination will help us operate without restrictions, ensure larger events and keep everyone in the classroom and on track toward graduation.

Travel Information

We encourage everyone to think carefully before traveling and to follow CDC guidelines and recommendations.

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