University of Cincinnati mandates COVID-19 vaccine, offering incentive


CINCINNATI, Ohio (WDTN) — The University of Cincinnati is requiring all of its students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The university said the deadline for all UC students, faculty and staff to have at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is October 15, 2021. Those receiving a two-dose sequence must have received the second dose by November 15, 2021.

The university said the requirement is in response to the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

“The university is taking this step to promote the health and safety of our university community. Research shows vaccines are the most effective form of protection against COVID-19,” said the university on its website.

The University of Cincinnati said it will also conduct weekly award drawings for vaccinated students, faculty and staff. The awards vary in amounts of $2,500 or $5,000, depending on the week. In all, the university said it will award nearly $50,000.

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