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University of Central Florida rolls out vaccine incentives

WESH Orlando logo WESH Orlando 9/15/2021
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The University of Central Florida has rolled out a campaign to get students to "Armor up" and get "Vacci-Knighted" — that's a play on the name of UCF's sports teams, the Knights.

As part of the campaign, fully vaccinated students can enter a raffle to win textbooks, computers and $5,000 worth of tuition and fee waivers.

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"I think that's great! Obviously getting vaccinated is really important right now with herd immunity which hopefully we're going to reach so any incentive is really incredible, I think that's a great idea," student Hannah Bloom said.

According to the university, in the first week of classes, a random sampling found about 76% of those surveyed had a least one vaccine dose. Only 66% were fully vaccinated.

UCF says it's holding the raffle to encourage all students to get fully vaccinated by Oct. 15, that's the last day a student can enter to win.

In a similar move, Seminole State College will provide payments of $250 to all current students and employees who show proof they've been fully vaccinated by Oct. 15.

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