GILLETTE (WNE) — The University of Wyoming is preparing for the upcoming school year by announcing an incentive program to encourage students to get a COVID-19 vaccination with a grand prize being a semester’s worth of tuition and fees.
Other prizes include cash, a campus parking pass, pregame football sideline passes and dinner with President Ed Seidel, according to a UW press release.
Vaccinations are not required for UW students or employees but strongly encouraged.
“We hope these incentives will help motivate our students to receive the vaccines, which have been proven to be highly effective and safe, and are key to successfully managing the COVID-19 pandemic,” Seidel said in the press release. “Regardless of where they’re spending the summer, the vaccine is likely readily available to our students in their local communities. For those who aren’t yet vaccinated or who haven’t reported their vaccinations to the university, these prizes provide another reason to take action now.”
Two winners will be drawn from all students who provide documentation of full COVID-19 vaccination (meaning two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, one dose of Johnson & Johnson) to receive up to $4,500. The first drawing will take place during the week of Aug. 23, and the second drawing will take place during the week of Sept. 27. Another two winners of this grand prize will be selected before the end of the spring semester.
Another drawing will happen those same weeks to give one winner an “A” parking permit, which are usually reserved for faculty and staff members, and is worth $210.