Information and university updates about COVID-19 and CARES Act Funds.

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September 16, 2021 Update

As a continuation of USF’s COVID-19 vaccination incentives, USF will offer students a chance to win one of 10 tuition reduction awards of $2,500 if students are fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021. The 10 winners will be drawn from the complete list of eligible students. Students who missed the September 15 vaccine deadline for a $100 incentive will not receive a $100 incentive, but they will be eligible for the tuition reduction award drawing if fully vaccinated by October 18. To be eligible, students must fill out the vaccine incentive form by October 18. Students who were previously vaccinated and filled out the vaccination incentive form will automatically be entered into the drawing for the tuition reduction awards.

USF announces COVID-19 vaccination incentive

The University of Saint Francis will offer a $100 incentive for students, faculty, and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

USF continues to follow local health department and government directives concerning the pandemic. The university will maintain its health guidelines from the spring and summer semesters at the main campus, USF Downtown and USF Crown Point. Under those guidelines, masks and social distancing are not required. USF supports those who choose to wear a mask and maintain social distancing or are required to do so because of health reasons.

While not requiring vaccinations, USF strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. As an extra incentive, the university will pay $100 to students, faculty, and staff who are fully vaccinated by September 15, 2021. Students will receive a $100 Visa gift card and employees will receive their incentive through payroll. To be eligible for this incentive, everyone will need to fill out a vaccine incentive form.

Students, faculty, and staff must provide their vaccination card as proof of full vaccination to receive the incentive, which will be distributed sometime after September 15. Further information on where to pick up the Visa cards will be made available soon.

“We encourage everyone to take advantage of the readily available vaccine,” USF President Rev. Dr. Eric Albert Zimmer said. “Through widespread vaccination, the campus community will be able to proceed with confidence as we enter another school year. Our students, faculty and staff showed firm commitment to health last year and we expect that to continue in 2021-22.”

More details will be announced soon.