Indiana University offering prizes for vaccine documentation

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Indiana University is offering more than $70,000 from prize drawings for students and employees who provide proof that they’ve received COVID-19 vaccinations.

The award program announced Thursday comes after the university stepped back this week from a plan to require shot documentation ahead of the fall semester amid protests from many state officials.

IU, instead, will still require COVID-19 vaccinations for students and employees but let them attest to having received the shots without providing documentation.

IU’s incentive program will have at least two student winners and one employee winner selected for three weeks beginning June 10 at each of its campuses across the state. Those winners will get up to $500 in their choice of gift cards or other prizes. A grand prize announced July 2 will have a student winning one year of in-state tuition credit for their campus and an employee winner choosing between a pair of season tickets for either the Indianapolis Colts or Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Purdue University plans a similar drawing, with vaccinated students eligible for 10 prizes of a full year of in-state undergraduate tuition.

Many Republican legislators protested IU’s original vaccination requirement plan, with a letter signed by 35 GOP state senators calling it a “heavy-handed mandate.”

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3 thoughts on “Indiana University offering prizes for vaccine documentation

    1. Yes it is pathetic that IU has to resort to offering prizes in an effort to keep students and facility safe, instead of just asking for proof that somebody will not endanger other facility or staff.

    2. @Chris D:
      What’s your take on Dewine having a drawing for 5x $1,000,000 drawings and 5x full rides to any Ohio college/university for the vaccinated? Is he pathetic? (Just remember, he’s got a designation of (R) next to his name.)