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Don't wait Vaccinate Incentive Program

Dr. Joseph Savoie, UL Lafayette president, announced the incentives program to reward students who have taken the COVID-19 vaccine – and inspire those who haven’t to do so – in a message to the campus community on Wednesday.

Posted: Jul 21, 2021 3:58 PM

Lafayette, La (KADN) The University of Louisiana has launched a "Don't wait, Vaccinate" incentive program to encourage students to get vaccinated.

Goff says, "but I do believe it is a great incentive for people whose not vaccinated to get it".

UL Lafayette announced they would be offering incentives for students who are fully vaccinated. There eligible to win one of 10 prizes such as MacBooks, iPhones, and Apple watches. Alexa Theriot, a sophomore at UL says she believes this is a great idea.

"Well I'm a college student so I love free stuff and I'm vaccinated so I think it's a great idea it's a good motivator for everyone else to get it even if they don't want it"

While incentive programs are encouraging some feel it's an unfair way to make students get vaccinated.

"People are going to be like oh yeah I like that and take the shot for that random reason which I don't believe is a correct reason to actually get vaccinated you not doing it for yourself your doing it for a prize and I don't think that's right"

Dean of Students, Margarita Perez believes this initiative will encourage more students to get vaccinated.

"Don't wait vaccinate program is designed to do two things we want to reward students that have already decided to vaccinate and thank them and then we want to encourage other students that are still thinking about whether or not to vaccinate to go ahead and get vaccinated before we start the fall semester"

Some believe this is a great idea but one student I spoke with said he would rather the prizes go to someone who is truly in need.

"The incentives are great but as a college student that's actually here on a full-ride I don't need the free stuff because I'm a person who believes that I don't need it somebody else might need it so I'd rather somebody like that win it"

In order to participate, students must have received the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine or both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines before the date of the drawing. Provide proof of vaccination if they've received the vaccine outside Louisiana and be registered for classes for the fall 2021 semester.

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