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NAU Launches Incentive Program To Get Students Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Under a new state law, Arizona public universities are prohibited from requiring students to get a COVID-19 vaccine. But Northern Arizona University is hoping to motivate students to get them by offering prizes as a part of its new Jacks are Vaxxed incentive program. 

"We’re interested in seeing all of our community vaccinated because we think that’s the best way to protect our community," said NAU Interim Provost Karen Pugliesi.

Once students are fully vaccinated, they need to send a copy of their vaccination card to the university to enter weekly drawings. Students who got vaccinated earlier this year can also enter. 

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The prizes include an Apple watch, autographed Phoenix Suns jerseys and a season pass to the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort. 

The program launched last week, but Interim Executive Vice President Josh Mackey said the university has already gotten a pretty good response so far. 

"We had several hundred students that had already voluntarily uploaded results," he said. 

This campaign will also give the university a better idea of what percentage of its student body is vaccinated, Mackey said. 

Rocio Hernandez was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2020 to 2022.