Central Michigan University announced on Monday that it will be incentivizing student vaccinations by offering the chance to win prizes for those fully vaccinated, including a year's worth of tuition.

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Beginning today, students who have completed a full vaccine protocol — one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine — may register online to enter the incentive program. And, while they can enter only once, students are eligible for every drawing held after they register.

Jennifer DeHaemers, CMU's vice president for student recruitment and retention says the sooner a student is fully vaccinated, the better their chances to win are:

The earlier a student registers, the more chances they have to win prizes. To protect our campus and community from the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, we want to strongly encourage students to receive the vaccine before classes begin this fall.

CMU will choose 101 winners during each of four scheduled drawings. Winners will be announced Aug. 2 and 23, Sept. 13, and Oct. 4. In each drawing, 100 students will receive a $75 gift card and one student will win a full-tuition scholarship. All participants will also receive a 20% discount at the CMU Bookstore, DeHaemers said.

Students can log-in to their cmich.edu account to regisiter for the prizes.

Students wishing to receive their COVID-19 vaccine can make an appointment through CMU Health by calling (989) 774-6599. Students outside the Mount Pleasant area may visit or Michigan's COVID-19 vaccine page to find a vaccination site near their home.

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