• The University of Southern Mississippi urges students to get vaccinated.
  • The vaccinated students will be randomly selected to earn things like fall tuition and housing credits.
  • Mississippi has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country and is seeing an increase in COVID-19.

The University of Southern Mississippi will pay some students tuition and accommodation fees if they get vaccinated, the school said in a statement Thursday.

the Motivation program aims to encourage students to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Over the next 12 weeks, five vaccinated students will be randomly selected each week to receive rewards. Items that students can earn include the fall semester tuition, which costs $ 4,602; $ 2,000 in housing loans; and $ 1,000 in meal credits, among others.

“The best way for our students to stay healthy, stay connected and stay in class this fall is to get vaccinated against COVID-19. I urge all of our students to do their part and get the COVID-19 vaccine now, if they haven’t already, ”said Dr. Dee Dee Anderson, USM vice president for student affairs, in the ad.

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Mississippi has one of the lowest vaccination rates of any state, with just 34.5% of its residents fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention compiled by the Mayo Clinic. Only Alabama has a smaller portion of its residents fully immunized.

Mississippi is also seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as the Delta variant spreads. Some state intensive care units are nearly full, the Bugle Ledger reported.

Some states have offered incentives to get vaccinated, including vaccine lotteries in states like California and Ohio.

President Joe Biden this week called on states and local governments to pay people $ 100 to get vaccinated.

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