Beginning next week, Penn State students and staff will have new incentives to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Penn State announced they’re following federal and state guidelines in easing some of the pandemic restrictions. Also beginning next week, and continuing through mid-August, as an incentive for students and staff to get vaccinated — everything from gift cards to autographed footballs will be awarded.
The university will be holding weekly raffles and drawing for students and staff who are willing to show they’re fully vaccinated.
The top prize each week is $1,000, plus four $100 gift cards will be awarded weekly along with a football signed by Nittany Lion head football coach James Franklin.
Many college campuses where like Penn State, plans are to resume full in-person campus classes in the fall — are requiring vaccinations for those returning campus.
Penn State is not, at least not yet, and last week the States Acting Secretary of Health reiterated the vaccination requirement not expected to be a state mandate for Pennsylvania colleges and school districts.
“While the vaccine is appropriated on an emergency use basis, we have no intention to make it mandatory,” said Alison Beam. “However, school districts and schools have their own right to do that.”
Penn State says those in campus buildings, and on public transportation, regardless of vaccination status, will still be required to wear face masks and practice physical distancing through June 28.
Penn State also saying on campus vaccination clinics will continue through the summer.