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Tuition, laptops, VIP hockey tickets up for grabs in Miami University’s vaccine giveaway

The vaccine incentive comes as the school plans to welcome its 20,000 students back to campus in the fall.
Published: Jul. 13, 2021 at 7:09 PM EDT
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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - Miami University plans to incentivize its students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with an array of prizes.

More than 80 prizes are being offered, the university said on Tuesday.

The incentive program appears to come in lieu of a vaccine mandate, which some colleges and universities have already announced ahead of the fall semester.

A bill prohibiting vaccine requirements in schools currently sits on Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk.

Full-time Miami students at the Oxford and regional campuses are eligible so long as they’ve received at least one vaccine dose. They must upload proof into the university’s online medical portal.

Drawings will begin July 20. There will be one drawing per week with multiple winners every week through the end of September. Students can enter to win at any point during the prize period.

No taxpayer or tuition dollars are being used to fund the prizes.

Prizes include:

  • bursar credit equal to one “Tuition Promise” semester of in-state tuition and fees (max. value $8,352;)
  • bursar credit for a Miami meal plan for one year (max. value $3,000;)
  • VIP box tickets for the winning student and nine friends to a Miami hockey game;
  • cash;
  • laptops; and
  • bookstore gift cards.

“We are so excited to welcome our 20,000-plus students back to our nationally recognized Miami Experience this fall. We are planning for an exciting, robust, and immersive semester,” Miami President Gregory Crawford said. “Because vaccination remains our most effective and important tool to fight the spread of COVID-19, we want students to get vaccinated and report that they received their vaccinations.”

Allison Haeger is a student at Miami.

“We get to be more grateful for the year in person, like my last year in person,” she said. “So it will be really great.”

For those in-person classes to go off without major interruptions, the university says they need to know the exact percentage of vaccinated students in case they need to track the virus more rigorously.

“We need to know how much quarantine or isolation space we need in the residence halls,” Jayne Brownell, vice president of student life, said. “Well, if we have fewer people vaccinated, we need to have plans for more backups in place.”

Hence the incentive.

“The feedback we got from students said it had to be something worth it,” Brownell explained.

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