KUALA LUMPUR, 22.9.2021 – Sussex University students who provide proof that they have been double-vaccinated against Covid-19 will stand a chance to receive cash prizes from the institution.
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The prize draw that will take place at the end of November gives students more time to get their vaccination. The draw will then randomly select 10 lucky winners to receive £5,000 as long as they can prove that they are indeed double-jabbed or exempt.
Vice-chancellor, Professor Adam Tickell denied that the draw amounts to ‘bribing students’ to get their vaccination.
He said, “We’re going to automatically enter every student in, and unless they have said they want to opt out, after we’ve given them the opportunity to have vaccines – this will be about 12 weeks after the announcement – we’ll just randomly choose 10 names.”
He also emphasized that the draw is meant to serve as an incentive to encourage more students to get their jabs in hopes for teaching to resume to normal as soon as possible when summer comes.
Prof Tickell added: “We know that many students will have already had their vaccines or are planning to. If we can boost those numbers even slightly through a simple intervention like this, then of course we are going to do so.
Whilst these are significant prizes for our students, the cost to the university is small compared with the human, social and financial cost if students were to experience the kind of disruption we faced last year.”
Michelle Donelan, the Minister of State for Universities (Department of Education) encouraged eligible students to complete their vaccine doses. She believes that the vaccine is the best way for students to regain their rights to an enriching campus life.
“The department is encouraging universities to look at creative ways to boost uptake and to discuss the possibility of pop-up centres with local health partners – making it quick and easy for students to grab a jab,” she explained.
As more higher education institutes are encouraging students to be fully vaccinated, there are hopes that campus life and in-person classes are set to return to normal.
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