Southeast Mo. State reports 65% vaccination rate on campus

Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 6:47 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2021 at 6:05 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) -Southeast Missouri State University reported a 65 percent vaccination rate on campus as of Tuesday, October 19.

According to Southeast, they have less than two weeks left of the Great SEMO Vaccine Give Away Get Away incentive program.

The campus is five percentage points from reaching a 70 percent vaccination rate goal by November 1.

The university reward for reaching the vaccination goal is to have a week-long Thanksgiving holiday break.

Southeast student Heaven Moore rolled up her sleeve on Wednesday to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

She said she’s been hesitant to get vaccinated but with a few incentives and a push from her friends, she finally got the shot.

“My friend Anna over there, she was like, ‘Heaven, you need to get it before Thanksgiving break,” said Moore.

Associated Vice President of Student Life Bruce Skinner said the university is close to its vaccination goal.

“We are a little over 65 percent,” he said. “We will do our next update on Friday. We have a vaccine clinic today. I hope to see us closer to 67 by the end of the weekend.”

He said if the students don’t reach their goal, “then we’ll see you in the office, we’ll see you in class and Thanksgiving will start on Wednesday.”

The possibility of a longer break became just enough incentive for Heaven Moore.

“Do it, I mean, because the more people that get it, the more percentage that goes up for us to get a break,” said Moore.

COVID-19 vaccinations will be offered again on Wednesday, October 27, at the University Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Students need to show their vaccination card in person or submit it online in order for it to count toward that 70 percent goal.

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