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UW students who get COVID-19 vaccine won't have to get tested

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Students at UW schools who get the COVID-19 vaccine will not have to get regularly tested, Interim President Tommy Thompson said Wednesday.

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Currently, students who live on campus have to get tested weekly for COVID-19.

"This is something that I think is a privilege. A privilege for students and employees and faculty and they will not have to go through or continue to be tested as long as they've been vaccinated," Thompson said.

The goal is to get at least 75% of students to get vaccinated before they leave for summer break, Thompson said. Most students just recently became eligible.

Thompson called the move an 'incentive' to bolster vaccination rates across the state. He would not make the vaccine a requirement.

"I don't want to force them. That's not the way. I'm encouraging them, I'm encouraging everybody," Thompson said.

Thompson did not have exact numbers on how many UW students or employees have been vaccinated. UW-Madison recently announced nearly 12,000 students and staff had received at least their first dose.

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