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Published January 05, 2022
Two more University of Wyoming students who have reported being vaccinated for COVID-19 will win up to $4,500 in tuition and fees for the spring semester in drawings in coming weeks.
Students who haven’t yet reported their vaccinations to the UW Student Health Service patient portal are encouraged to do that so they’ll be included in the prize drawings, which are scheduled the week of Jan. 18 and the week of Feb. 21.
The winning names will be drawn from the total pool of students who’ve submitted proof of complete vaccination to the patient portal. Students who’ve already reported to the portal are discouraged from doing so again, as it creates more work for the Student Health Service staff and doesn’t increase the chances of winning a prize. However, students are strongly encouraged to report any booster doses they receive to ensure accuracy of their vaccination record on file at Student Health.
During the first week of the fall semester, a political science major from Virginia -- who opted to not be publicly identified -- won the first grand prize of up to $4,500 in tuition and fees in UW’s student vaccination reporting incentive program. Then, in late September, Echo Primm, a junior studying biology from Aurora, Colo., won the second tuition and fees prize.
“I really appreciate receiving $4,500, because I was really struggling moving to a new place and being broke, like most college students are,” Primm says. “This award will allow me to focus on my studies without having to stress about how to pay for tuition as much.”
In addition to the grand prizes for tuition and fees, students reporting vaccination will have a chance to win a dinner with President Ed Seidel and his partner, Gabrielle Allen; dinner with Provost and Executive Vice President Kevin Carman and Associated Students of UW President Hunter Swilling; and a Dining Dollars card from UW Dining Services, valued at $100.
While vaccinations are not required for UW students and employees -- instead, they’re strongly encouraged -- students and employees should 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 drawings for prizes. The university’s privacy protocols are being followed.
To upload documentation to the Student Health Service patient portal, take a photo of your vaccination document and upload the picture here: http://patientportal.uwyo.edu, using your regular UW user ID and password. This is the same portal where students report their mandatory vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella. Alternatively, students can report their vaccinations by emailing photos of their vaccination documents to Student Health at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For employees, a quick reference guide has been created to help report vaccinations within UW’s HCM.
As of Tuesday, 3,808 of UW’s total 9,026 on-campus students enrolled in the fall semester, 42.2 percent, had reported receiving at least one dose of the vaccine to Student Health. On-campus enrollment for the spring semester won’t be known until the start of classes. Separate surveys have found up to 69 percent of students saying they’ve been vaccinated, meaning a significant number of vaccinated students haven’t reported to Student Health.
Vaccines, which are widely available for free in the community, have been proven to be highly effective and safe. Booster shots also are available for those who were vaccinated earlier and have been shown to be effective in preventing severe illness and hospitalization, even with the Omicron variant.
UW students and employees can receive COVID-19 vaccines and boosters at several locations in Laramie. They include: 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. Vaccines also may soon be available at UW’s Student Health Service.
Students who are unable to be vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons may participate in the drawings by completing a vaccination exemption form found on the Student Health Service website.