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July 29, 2021

20 MSU students to cash in on their COVID-19 vaccination

Michigan State University students who receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Aug. 6 will now be eligible for one of 20 cash prizes of $1,000 when they complete their mandatory student vaccination status survey.


“A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination is the best action Spartans can take to protect themselves, their loved ones and our community,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “While these incentives are certainly one reason to get vaccinated, the rise in the delta variant and its increasing threat to our community’s progress is another critical reason people should get vaccinated.”


Students, 18 years of age or older, who are enrolled in at least one course are eligible to participate in the drawing. To enter, students must confirm they have received at least one dose of an FDA-authorized or WHO-approved vaccine by filling out the mandatory vaccination survey sent to students today. Survey responses are due by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 6. The winners of the cash prizes will be drawn in late August and winners will be notified by email.


“I have never stopped advocating for individuals to be vaccinated,” Stanley said. “We know it is mission critical to arm our students, faculty and staff with the knowledge and information needed to make the best choice when it comes to getting a COVID-19 vaccination. And I remain confident that the majority of our students, faculty and staff will make the informed and important choice to get vaccinated.”


Unvaccinated students who fill out the survey but get at least one dose of the vaccine by Aug. 6 may update their information by completing the survey again — only the last response from an individual is counted.


MSU’s COVID-19 vaccination incentives are part of its continued efforts to promote and encourage vaccinations among its Spartan community, adding to the university’s series of town halls, ask the experts and social media promotions. 


All members of the MSU community, including students, faculty, staff, patients, retirees and their families, can receive a COVID-19 vaccine through the MSU Health Care Pharmacy. You can also find a COVID-19 vaccine near you by visiting


Anyone with questions about the vaccine should contact their county health department or primary care doctor. Michigan residents also can call the Michigan COVID-19 Hotline at (888) 535-6136, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

By: Dan Olsen

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