Tommy Thompson visits UW-Whitewater to promote vaccine initiative

WHITEWATER, Wis. – UW System President Tommy Thompson visited UW-Whitewater Wednesday to promote his new 70-for-70 vaccine initiative.

Thompson said 12 out of the 13 participating campuses have vaccination rates above 70 percent.

The UW System announced Wednesday that it will comply with an executive order requiring federal contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“When the federal government issues an order that will impact $300 million in contracts, we have to do what the government says,” Thompson said. “I cannot give up $300 million even though I’m very opposed to mandated vaccines.”