Daily Bread for 9.15.21: UW-Whitewater’s Vaccination Rate

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 76.  Sunrise is 6:35 AM and sunset 7:03 PM for 12h 27m 30s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 68.5% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Parks & Recreation Board meets at 5:30 PM.

 This day in 1940 sees the climax of the Battle of Britain, when the Luftwaffe launches its largest and most concentrated attack of the entire campaign.

 Interim Chancellor of UW-Whitewater Jim Henderson offers an Update on COVID-19 vaccination rates:

Dear UW-Whitewater community,

I’m so pleased to inform you that we are making substantial progress towards our university vaccination goals. As of this morning, 64% of students and 83% of employees are fully vaccinated. These are verified records, courtesy of all of you who have submitted your information to the COVID-19 Hotline.

Our ability to maintain in-person classes and activities — a vibrant university experience — is dependent upon a safe and healthy campus community. If you have not yet done so, I strongly encourage you to get vaccinated if you are able, and to report it to UW-Whitewater as soon as possible.

UW System has announced that COVID-19-vaccinated students who attend universities that achieve at least 70% vaccination rates by Oct. 15 will be eligible to win one of 70 scholarships valued at $7,000 each.

We’ve already awarded $18,000 to our Warhawk students in the weekly $500 drawings, which will continue into October. My deepest appreciation goes out to the generous donors who provided funding to the UW-Whitewater Foundation in support of this campaign.

In addition, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is giving a $100 Visa Gift Card to any Wisconsin resident ages 12 and older who receives their first COVID-19 vaccine from a Wisconsin vaccination provider from Aug. 20 through Sept. 19.

Warhawk family, we’re navigating the pandemic together, and I’m proud of the progress we’ve made to this point. Let’s finish the month strong.

Thank you,
Jim Henderson, Ph.D.
Interim Chancellor

There is more work to do to meet the UW System goal, and UW-Whitewater deserves support and encouragement to do so. Embracing a culture of good public health would both physically protect and culturally uplift the campus.

Whitewater, sadly, is no easy environment in which to advance a vaccination effort, even with the finest vaccines and the most advanced medical science in all the world.  A small band in the city, as malicious as it is ignorant, spreads lies, even perversely publishing icons with hypodermic needles in the shape of Nazi swastikas.

These lumpen few are a blight on the community, and proof of how spotty has been our city’s and county’s educational accomplishments.  We have done too little, and praised ourselves too much for it.

UW-Whitewater will help itself, and all the city, by looking within and achieving still higher vaccination rates.

See Daily Bread for 9.3.21: UW-Madison Reports 90% Vaccinated.

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