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Rockford Public Schools offers $100 in gift cards to students who take COVID-19 vaccine

ROCKFORD — Rockford Public School District 205 is encouraging eligible students to take the COVID-19 vaccine before the 2021-22 school year.

The district announced Wednesday that all students ages 12 and older can receive up to $100 in gift cards for taking the shots.

“The vaccine is the best defense we have against COVID-19, the virus variants and further interruptions and distractions for students,” the district wrote in a release. “We want our students to have the most normal school year possible. The greater a schools’ vaccination rate, the lower the chance of closures, cancellations and interruptions. Also, fully vaccinated students will not be asked to quarantine unless they’re having COVID-19 symptoms.”


To receive $100 in gift cards from RPS 205 for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, students must register register with the Winnebago County Health Department at and visit a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Aug. 18 or Thursday, Aug. 19 to receive the first vaccine shot.

Clinics will be at Eisenhower Middle School, Flinn Middle School, Lincoln Middle School, RESA, West Middle School, Auburn High, East High, Guilford High, Jefferson High, Roosevelt High and Barbour Elementary.


Wednesday, Aug. 18: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 19: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Students may attend a clinic outside of their assigned school.

Students who receive the first dose at an RPS 205 clinic will receive a $50 gift card. A second gift card will be provided when the second shot is given. If demand exceeds our gift card supply, school staff will distribute gift cards to vaccinated students ASAP.

Any RPS 205 students who are already fully vaccinated will receive a $100 gift card from RPS 205.

Staff and students will create additional incentive plans to increase vaccine numbers. Each school’s plan will be unique and could include block parties, food trucks or even facilities upgrades. Each school will have a goal and reward all students if the goal is met.

RPS 205 officials know not all students will take advantage of the vaccine. Students will not be punished for their vaccination status.

Incentive plans and vaccination clinics will be developed when the COVID-19 vaccine is available for students younger than 12.

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