COVID-19 Vaccine Sign | Photo by Diana Jaber | The Wright State Guardian
Wright State University (WSU) is promoting the COVID-19 vaccination to the WSU community through a vaccination giveaway.
On Sept. 24 Wright State Communications sent an email to the WSU community saying that fully vaccinated employees, not including those involved in the promotion, and students could enter a free, voluntary giveaway.
Those interested must upload proof of their vaccination status to Med+Proctor, a third-party medical website. There is no fee to do so.
The Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and vaccines listed on the WHO Emergency Use Listing are all accepted. For those seeking to get vaccinated, vaccinations are available at Wright State Physicians.
After submitting proof, students and faculty can visit WSU’s COVID website to enter the giveaway. Prizes include Barnes & Noble gift cards, parking permits, vacation hours, use of a Nutter Center Box with $250 Catering Credit and $2,500 for two student winners.
The giveaway deadline is Nov. 22 at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be drawn on Dec.1 and notified within the week.
With prizes like $2,500 and $250 or $100 gift cards, some students are in favor of the giveaway.
“It’s a pretty nice deal for getting the vaccine. I’d consider it. The prizes all seem pretty nice,” Abigail Kerestes, a mechanical engineering junior said.
Lyndsey Ramsaw, a graduate student, feels similarly.
“I think the giveaway is a good incentive to get students to get vaccinated,” Ramsaw said.
According to the email, WSU hopes to “celebrate those who have already been vaccinated and to encourage vaccination among hesitant students, faculty, and staff.”
The data provided will also help WSU’s COVID Task Force in making future decisions regarding public health measures.
WSU plans to expand testing for employees and students who have not submitted proof of COVID vaccination.
The email also stated they will send more information on a centralized COVID vaccination and testing site on the Dayton campus in the future. According to the email, “This site will support increased surveillance testing of faculty, staff, and students.”