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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh announced Sept. 24 that students have reached a 70% COVID-19 vaccination rate.

“Thank you for taking care of your health,” said UW Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt. “Thank you for helping us create a safer environment on our campuses.”

Chancellor Andrew Leavitt

In addition to the health and safety benefits of reaching this vaccination milestone, qualifying UWO students are now eligible for several $7,000 scholarships awarded by UW System through its 70 for 70 campaign. That campaign has been extended by two weeks to Oct. 31, so students still have time to get the vaccine and qualify for the scholarships. Students need to receive both shots by Oct. 31 and fill out the vaccine report form.

UWO also will award 10 $1,000 scholarships to qualifying vaccinated students this fall. Winners’ vaccination status will be verified, so students are asked to ensure their vaccination information is accurate and up to date.

The faculty and staff vaccination rate stands at 77%. Vaccination rates for both groups have been climbing since classes began and are expected to continue to increase through the fall.

The University plans to mark this moment with a free ice cream social for all students, staff and faculty on its three campuses on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Details will be relayed soon.

Albee Hall continues to offer free COVID-19 vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays to UWO students, staff and faculty. Vaccination opportunities for Fond du Lac and Fox Cities students, faculty and staff have been shared by leadership on each campus. Testing remains mandatory for unvaccinated students, faculty and staff.

“We have come a long way in a few short weeks,” Leavitt said. “I am not surprised. This is just one more example of the caring, compassionate community that is UWO.”

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