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A Message from President Vargas - We exceeded our 70% vaccination level goal!

Brief Updates


As of Oct. 29, Southeast Missouri State University has exceeded a 70% vaccination rate. The rate reflects the number of faculty, staff and students that have shared proof of vaccination with the University, including those who have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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Redhawk Vaccine Incentive Program

To encourage vaccination and improve chances of continuing to do the things members of the Redhawk community enjoy, Southeast has launched The Great SEMO Vaccine Give Away Get Away incentive program on Aug. 26.

The goal was set to achieve a 70% vaccination rate for students, faculty and staff by Nov. 1, 2021.

This goal was exceeded on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, - rewarding a get away opportunity for students, faculty and staff to enjoy a weeklong Thanksgiving holiday break. Classes scheduled for Nov. 22-23 are cancelled and offices will be closed Nov. 22-26.

Get more details about the Give Away, Get Away program.

On-Campus Vaccination Events  

Vaccination opportunities are being planned to give Southeast faculty, staff and students convenient access to protect themselves.

Below are opportunities confirmed so far. Faculty, staff and students can get first or second doses. If you are eligible and interested in getting a booster shot, you must have your vaccination card to get it. Unless otherwise noted, these are walk-in clinics and no appointment is necessary:

Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. University Center Program Lounge Pfizer; Moderna; Johnson & Johnson
Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. University Center Program Lounge Pfizer; Moderna; Johnson & Johnson 

Check back frequently as more vaccination opportunities are finalized.

In addition to campus events, vaccinations are offered by several local medical facilities and pharmacies. Find locations through the Missouri’s Vaccine Finder website.

Latest Campus Advisory

As of Oct. 29, 2021

Dear Redhawks,

Video Message from President Vargas

Congratulations! We exceeded our 70% vaccination level goal today!!!

In true Redhawk fashion you showed your Will To Do and exceeded the goal we set.

I’m so proud of what we have achieved. As originally promised in my Aug. 26 email, where I announced The Great SEMO Vaccine Give Away Get Away incentive program, the University will be closed the week of Thanksgiving.

Classes scheduled for Nov. 22 and 23 will be cancelled, and offices will be closed Nov. 22-26. Faculty and staff will not be required to report any leave time for this week.

Again, thank you for your continuing efforts to protect yourself and our community from the COVID-19 virus. I hope you will enjoy this extra time to spend with friends and loved ones.

Way to go, Redhawks, and stay safe!


Dr. Carlos Vargas

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