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ISU Offers Scholarship Lottery For Vaccinated Students

MCHD vaccination clinic sign
Emily Bollinger
A sign directs people to a McLean County Health Department COVID vaccination clinic in Normal.

Illinois State University is following the state's lead, using money to encourage people to get vaccinated.

The Illinois Lottery will hold weekly drawings beginning July 8, giving out cash prizes between $100,000 and $1 million to vaccinated residents.

Meanwhile, ISU is offering $1,000 scholarships to 100 students who submit proof of vaccination before the first week of class on August 16.

Another 75 students will get $100 in "flex dollars" added to their Redbird ID card account to spend on things like food on campus. Winners will be drawn the week of Aug. 23.

The university is asking students to submit proof of vaccination before their first day or classes or before they move into campus housing.

Students are not required to be vaccinated. Those who don't will be must complete regular on-campus COVID testing through a program the university has not yet released details on.

Students will not be considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna two-dose vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot.

The next on-campus vaccination clinic is slated for July 17. More information on how to vaccinated and the terms and conditions of vaccine incentivizes are available on the university's website.

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