UW-Parkside reaches 70% vaccination rate for students; Chancellor Ford urges campus community to “Keep Going!”

Published: October 27, 2021

SOMERS, Wis. – UW-Parkside announced today that the university has reached a 70 percent COVID vaccination rate for students.

“This is a great day for our university community,” said UW-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford. “We have all worked very hard to achieve this goal, and with that achievement strengthen the commitment we made to each other when this pandemic first hit – to protect the safety and health of everyone at Parkside. Let’s keep going!”

The university joins a number of UW System campuses that have already reached or gone beyond 70 percent, including UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, and UW-Whitewater.

UW System President Tommy Thompson was at UW-Parkside today to celebrate with Chancellor Ford and Parkside faculty, staff, and students.

“We’re nearing the close of our vaccination campaign, and I’m ecstatic that UW-Parkside students have hit the mark,” said System President Tommy Thompson. “I saw first-hand the amount of hard work that UW-Parkside put in to make this possible. Chancellor Deborah Ford, faculty, and staff deserve a great deal of credit for this achievement.”

Under the UW System’s “70 for 70” campaign, fully vaccinated students who attend universities that reach the 70 percent threshold, based on fall 2020 full-time-equivalent enrollment and excluding students studying only online, are eligible to win one of 70 scholarships valued at $7,000.

The campaign ends October 31. For more about UW Parkside vaccination information, please visit the university website.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to high-quality educational programs, creative and scholarly activities, and services responsive to its diverse student population, and its local, national, and global communities. We are a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. The campus serves as a premier comprehensive public institution and a destination of choice, serving as a focal point of local, regional, and global progress. 

Media contact:

Andrew Savagian
Communications Director
University of Wisconsin-Parkside

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