Sat 07 August 2021:
The UK government has been thinking inventive ways to encourage young people to get vaccinated against coronavirus in order to reach out to more young people.
In such an attempt, the University of Sussex has come up with one of the best incentives that one could think of university students — a cash prize.
Officials at the university have chosen to give students the chance to win £5,000 if they complete their coronavirus vaccinations before the start of the academic year.
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This news came as the UK government announced that the 16 and 17-year-olds will be eligible for a vaccination against coronavirus.
Taking the order further, the University of Sussex wants to give students a “normal university experience”, and has therefore asked all attendees to get fully vaccinated against the virus before the start of the new session.
Despite the fact that the university has not made vaccines mandatory, officials are urging students and staff to be vaccinated.
All students will be entered into a lucky draw and 10 winners will be able to claim £5,000 prize each, but only if they have had both the doses of Covid vaccine.
“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,” Adam Tickell, the University’s Vice-Chancellor said.
All 16 and 17-year-olds will now be eligible for vaccination if they are contacted by the NHS. 18-year-olds, on the other hand, can get vaccinated without waiting for NHS authorisation.
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