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Published August 06, 2021
Hannah Ellis, social media coordinator in UW Institutional Marketing, is the latest winner of a University of Wyoming employee prize drawing for reporting being vaccinated for COVID-19.
She receives gear from UW Athletics.
“I received the COVID vaccine as soon as I was able because I was looking forward to getting back to doing what we love and enjoying UW in person,” Ellis says. “I was excited to be a part of moving forward.”
While vaccinations are not required for UW students and employees -- instead, they’re strongly encouraged -- students and employees must report their vaccinations once they’ve received them. This allows the university to track overall vaccination numbers. The information is not being used for any other purpose, except to enter those who’ve reported their vaccinations into the drawing for prizes. The university’s privacy protocols are being followed.
Names are drawn weekly for prizes from the total pool of employees who’ve reported being fully vaccinated.
As of Monday, 2,115 of UW’s 2,879 benefited employees -- 73.4 percent -- have reported receiving at least one dose of the vaccines. Adding in non-benefited employees, some of whom are students, 3,252 of UW’s 5,844 total employees -- 55.6 percent -- have reported receiving at least one dose.
COVID-19 vaccines are now readily available to the public and can be scheduled at Walmart, Walgreens, Pole Mountain Pharmacy, Ridley’s, Stitches Acute Care, Laramie Pediatrics, Albany Community Health Clinic, Ivinson Medical Group, the Downtown Clinic and Family Physicians of Laramie. All of the vaccines have been shown to be safe and highly effective.
For employees, a quick reference guide has been created to help report vaccinations within UW’s HCM.
Students who receive their COVID-19 vaccinations should upload documentation to the Student Health Service patient portal as soon as their vaccine series is complete. This is as simple as taking a photo of your vaccination document and uploading the picture here: http://patientportal.uwyo.edu, using your regular UW user ID and password. A separate vaccination reporting incentive program for UW students is underway.
Students and employees away from Laramie for the summer can go to https://vaccinefinder.org/search/ and learn where vaccines are available. They can even narrow the search to look for a particular type (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) in up to a 50-mile radius of the zip code they enter.
If you are unable to be vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons, you may contact Human Resources to participate in the drawing. Employees who experience reactions from the vaccines are eligible to use emergency sick leave with pay as described in the university’s COVID-19 leave policy.