Thompson promotes vaccinations at UWM visit

UW System President Tommy Thompson came to UWM on Friday to promote the UW System’s 70 for 70 campaign and to encourage everyone to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Accompanied by UWM Chancellor Mark Mone and Chief Student Affairs Officer Kelly Haag, Thompson mingled with students at the Welcome Back Block Party, which is part of UWM’s two weeks of Fall Welcome festivities.

In the 70 for 70 program, UW System students who are enrolled for Fall 2021 and report their COVID-19 vaccination via their UW campus portal are entered into a drawing to receive a $7,000 scholarship when their campus reaches a 70% vaccination rate. The program does not include UW-Madison or fully online students.

UWM students who get vaccinated are also eligible to win laptops, gift cards and UWM swag, as well as a $100 gift card from the state of Wisconsin. Vaccinated students are also exempt from weekly testing for COVID-19.