Two more UW System universities achieve 70% vaccination rate

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MADISON, Wis. — Two more UW System universities have reached a 70% vaccination rate among students, making them eligible for the system’s vaccine incentive campaign.

As of Friday, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater had reached the 70% threshold needed to qualify for the “70 for 70” campaign, which gives students who attend a university with at least a 70% vaccination rate the chance to win one of 70 scholarships valued at $7,000.

“Thanks to the students and all the university employees at UW Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater for helping us reach this goal,” said UW System President Tommy Thompson.  “Like me, they want to make our universities healthy and safe, and I know they have worked tirelessly to make today’s announcement possible.”

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Thompson announced the vaccination campaign earlier this year. UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse and UW-Milwaukee all hit the 70% threshold earlier this month. UW-Madison, which is running its own campaign, has a vaccination rate over 90%.

Because of the campaign’s ongoing success, the deadline for students to share their vaccination status has been extended to Oct. 31. Students originally had until Oct. 15 to submit their information.

“Extending the deadline as our vaccination rates grow will afford more students the opportunity to participate, as getting two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine requires students to act sooner than later to complete the series,” Thompson said. “Our priority is to make our universities healthy and safe, so we can deliver the college experience students deserve and parents expect. High vaccination rates are key to our success.”