Student COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive

Information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Vaccination is one of the key factors in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. All individuals ages 5 – 11 and older are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We can all do our part to help end the pandemic by becoming vaccinated.

To encourage vaccination, Milwaukee Public Schools is offering an incentive to students ages 5 – 11 years who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 14, 2022. The incentive will be provided as a $100 reward card that can be used as cash. To receive the reward card, parents/guardians must complete an application linked below no later than January 31, 2022.

This webpage provides information about eligibility, receiving the vaccine, and applying for the incentive.

Who is eligible to receive the $100 vaccine incentive?

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be 5 – 11 years of age
  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 14, 2022
  • Complete the online application by January 31, 2022
  • Attend any MPS school, including any MPS charter school or partnership school

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

A person is considered fully vaccinated after they have received TWO doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or ONE dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Please note that children ages 5 to 17 are ONLY eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses at least 21 days apart.

Are minors able to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Minors 5 – 17 years old are approved to receive ONLY the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. After an initial dose, a second dose must be taken at least 21 days (3 weeks) after the first dose. Parent/guardian permission is required.

My child already received an incentive from the State of Wisconsin and/or City of Milwaukee. Can they also receive the MPS incentive?

Yes. Children can receive the MPS incentive even if they have received another incentive. (NOTE that incentives through the State of Wisconsin and City of Milwaukee have ended.)

My child will not receive the vaccine due to health reasons or religious reasons. Can we still receive the incentive?

The incentive is ONLY for students who become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 14, 2022.

How will MPS verify a student’s COVID-19 immunization?

MPS will verify immunizations through the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR). No other documentation or forms of proof are needed or will be accepted for the student incentive.

How can I verify my child’s COVID-19 immunization status?

You can check your child’s immunizations through the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) Record Search.

What if my child’s COVID-19 immunization status in the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) is not correct?

Contact your child’s doctor, healthcare provider, or the City of Milwaukee Health Department at (414) 286-6800 for assistance with your child’s immunization record.

What do I need to do before I apply for the incentive?

  • The student must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 14, 2022.
  • Update your contact information in Infinite Campus/Parent Portal.

How do I apply for the incentive?

To apply for the student incentive, access the online application at You will need your student’s MPS login information, which is the Student ID (7-digit number) and their password. More information can be found in the application.

How do I update my contact information in Infinite Campus/Parent Portal?

You may go to your child’s school to update your information. When updating your information, you will need to verify your identity and provide proof of your current address.

When is the application due?

The application is due by January 31, 2022 at 11:59 P.M.

Can I fill out the application on a smart phone?

Yes, you can fill out and submit the application using most smart phones.

What will I be asked in the application?

After you log in, you will be asked the following:

  • Verify that the contact information is correct. If contact information is not correct, please complete the application and contact your child’s school to update your information before January 31, 2022.
  • Give consent to MPS to verify your child’s COVID-19 vaccination status through the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR).
  • Give consent to MPS to share your contact information with a third-party partner organization to issue the incentive.

How will the incentive be given?

The incentive will be a $100 rewards card mailed to the student at the address in Infinite Campus/Parent Portal.

When will the incentives be mailed?

After the application window closes on January 31, 2021, the applications will be processed and verified. After this process, the incentive rewards cards will be mailed out. Please allow time after the close of the application for the processing and verification process.

I have more than one child. Do I need to apply for each child? Will incentives come in one envelope or will they come separately?

You will need to fill out an application for each child. Each child’s incentive will arrive in a separate envelope.

My family is experiencing homelessness. Where will my incentive be sent?

Contact your child’s school social worker and ask to be enrolled in the Homeless Education Program. Fill out the incentive application and mark that your address is incorrect. We will verify homeless status and arrange for the incentive to be provided to you.

What if I have problems with my rewards card (for example, not received or not working)?

MPS will share contact information for our third-party partner to assist you. If you do not receive your rewards card or have a problem with your rewards card, please do not contact your school or the district. The school or district will not be able to assist you.

What if I have more questions?

Please contact the COVID-19 Hotline in the MPS Department of Student Services at (414) 475-8900. Student Services cannot assist with any problems with the rewards card.