Purdue plans vaccine cash drawing as IU faces policy critics

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While Indiana University faces political backlash over its plans to require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for all students and employees, Purdue University is offering a chance at winning a full year’s tuition for students who get the shots.

Purdue’s “Old Golden Ticket” drawing makes students who submit proof of a COVID-19 vaccination by July 15 eligible for one of 10 prizes paying $9,992. That is the equivalent of a year’s undergraduate tuition.

Purdue has avoided criticism of it plans to require students and employees to either provide proof of vaccination for the fall semester or participate in frequent COVID-19 testing.

IU said Thursday it “ will further consider our process for verifying the requirement” a day after the state attorney general issued a non-binding opinion that the policy was illegal under a new state law banning the state or local governments from issuing or requiring vaccine passports.

Many Republican legislators have also come out against IU’s plan, with a letter signed by 35 GOP state senators calling it a “heavy-handed mandate.”

IU officials have defended the vaccine requirement as a way to safely resume full in-person classes and events on all its campuses across the state.

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2 thoughts on “Purdue plans vaccine cash drawing as IU faces policy critics

  1. It’s sad that people have to be bribed or forced to be vaccinated in this country when there a billions of people around the World begging for our vaccines.