With five days to go, Southeast Missouri State University students, faculty and staff are two points away from achieving a 70% vaccination rate goal by Nov. 1.
At 68%, the Redhawk community needs 180 more people to get their first dose or submit their proof of vaccination to meet the goal of the Great SEMO Vaccine Give Away Get Away incentive program and enjoy a weeklong break for Thanksgiving.
“I’m so proud and excited at how the Redhawk community has responded to this program. We are so close to meeting our goal and remember One Shot Counts! for those who haven’t gotten their first dose yet,” said Bruce Skinner, associate vice president for Student Life at Southeast. “If anyone has any questions about the vaccines, please feel free to come to the clinic tomorrow and talk with one of our healthcare providers. While we do want to meet our goal, we also want everyone to be informed and feel good about their decision to get vaccinated.”
One Shot Counts: The University is including individuals who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the incentive program. The first dose is the first step to being fully vaccinated, and the University recognizes first doses as part of slowing the spread of COVID.
If the 70% vaccination rate goal is reached by Nov. 1, students, faculty and staff will get to enjoy a weeklong Thanksgiving holiday break Nov. 22-26. The vaccination 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.
Students, faculty and staff can get their first dose, second dose or booster at the vaccination clinic scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 27 in the University Center Program Lounge where Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be administered. The vaccination clinics are scheduled every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through the end of the semester and the vaccines administered at each clinic can vary. Check the schedule for the list of vaccines administered each week.
To be counted in the incentive program and help the University reach its 70% goal, members of the Redhawk community can:
- upload a scan or photo of their vaccination card, or
- present their card in person (no scan or upload needed) at:
- the Student Recreation Center,
- Room 413 in the University Center,
- River Campus Chart Clinic in Dobbins Center,
- Regional Campuses,
- any of the weekly vaccination clinics, and
- any of the locations listed here (see second bullet under Assessing).
Additionally, the final round of cash prize drawings for students will be Monday, Nov. 1. Students only need to submit their vaccination card once to be eligible for all drawings. If a student hasn’t submitted their proof of vaccination yet, they have until Friday to submit to be eligible for the Oct. 29 drawing. There will be 20 $500 prizes and 20 $250 prizes for the drawing.
The Great SEMO Vaccine Give Away Get Away incentive program launched on Aug. 26, and the vaccination rate for the campus community has steadily risen as the program progresses, with vaccination rates of 42% on Sept. 21, 51% on Sept. 28, 58.3% on Oct. 5, 61.4% on Oct. 12 and 65% on Oct. 19.