Clemson, UofSC to offer student incentives for proof of vaccination

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SOUTH CAROLINA (WSPA/AP) – Clemson University and University of South Carolina announced they will offer incentives for students who provide proof of vaccination.

Students at Clemson University who upload their proof of vaccine prior to Sept. 30, will receive $50 of Paw Points and will be eligible for a drawing for additional prizes, according to The Division of Student Affairs.

• 20 students will receive a $300 Barnes and Noble gift card
• 10 students will receive a new iPad or laptop
• 5 students will receive a free year of unlimited meal plan
• 1 student will receive a free tuition for a year

“That sounds really good, that kind of makes me feel like I would maybe get the vaccine. I mean, I’m not educated enough on the actual vaccine to have a scientific opinion on it. It does scare me a little bit, but I’m not educated enough to really have that opinion, but that is very tempting,” said Sophie Sompayrac, Freshmen at Clemson University.

“I saw that email, I thought it was a great idea. I thought it was super cool. I already have like $50 dollars worth of Paw points to use here, and just all kinds of cool prizes that we can win,” said Jessica Summerford, Freshmen at Clemson University.

“I do think it’s a good idea, just because we’re all trying to stay here on campus like all year. I think it will be good that they offer the incentive to stay here,” said Abigail Goldener, Student at Clemson University.

A Clemson University spokesperson said they are trying to raise awareness and other things.

“Earlier this week, we announced to students, faculty, and staff, an incentive program for voluntarily uploading proof of vaccine to our upload system–in an effort for us to get a better understanding of what percentage of our population is vaccinated, to help our health professionals, our public health experts make informed decisions for the safety of our community,” said Joe Galbraith, Clemson University Communications. “We know the importance of vaccination. They are not mandated at Clemson, it’s completely voluntary, but we are continuing to raise awareness of the effectiveness and availability of the vaccine. We have a vaccine clinic here on campus, it’s right next to our testing set up, and so really trying to drive that awareness of the availability, the effectiveness. And with the incentive to upload the proof, so therefore, we have a better understanding of how many in our community are vaccinated.”

Clemson Employees are also welcome to enter. Click here to learn more.

Interim University of South Carolina President and trained epidemiologist Harris Pastides announced the weekly prize giveaway Wednesday as part of a “vigorous vaccination campaign.”

For 12 weeks during the fall semester, students who upload their vaccine card or who get vaccinated through University Heath Services will be entered to win a variety of prizes. Proof of vaccine must be entered by Thursday of each week and the winner s will be randomly selected each Friday.

UofSC Student Incentives
Full tuition discount
Half tuition discount
Football game tickets
MacBook Air laptops
Apple Airpods
iPad Mini
$250 meal plan cards
$500 bookstore cards
Garage parking passes (Spring)
Pop-up events with food prizes
Branded T-shirts, buttons, laptop stickers

UofSC Faculty and Staff Incentives
Garage parking passes (6 months)
$1,000 travel grants
Apple Airpods
iPad Mini
$250 CarolinaCards
$1,000 supply grants
Professional association memberships
Branded T-shirts, buttons, laptop stickers

Students are able to get vaccinations at both universities. Click here to learn how you can receive the vaccine at Clemson University or UofSC.

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