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Kelly Meyerhofer reports UW-Madison reports 90% of campus fully vaccinated even without vaccine mandate:
Nine out of every 10 members of the UW-Madison campus community are fully vaccinated — even without mandating students and employees to get the shot, the university reported Thursday.
“I’m proud of our students and employees for taking this important step to protect themselves and others,” Chancellor Rebecca Blank said in announcing the figures. “And I’m grateful to our staff, who worked tirelessly to achieve these results.”
The data as of Wednesday show:
- 88% of students are fully vaccinated, and 91% have received at least one dose.
- 92% of employees working on the main Madison campus are fully vaccinated, including 99% percent of faculty.
- 92% of students living in dorms are fully vaccinated, and 94% have received at least one dose.
UW-Madison officials verified the rates through on-campus vaccination records and submitted documentation of off-campus vaccinations.
Vaccination rates at UW-Madison far outpace the statewide average. Only 62% of Wisconsin adults were fully vaccinated as of Wednesday, according to the state health department. That same day, the state recorded 2,370 new cases, 106 hospitalizations and 11 deaths attributed to COVID-19.
Just two other University of Wisconsin System campuses have reported vaccination rates to date.
UW-La Crosse on Wednesday became the first to meet a 70% student vaccination goal set by interim System President Tommy Thompson as part of his “70 for 70” campaign. The achievement unlocks at least seven $7,000 scholarships from the System.
If other UW campuses don’t meet the 70% goal by mid-October, more La Crosse students could receive scholarships. Altogether, the System is distributing 70 scholarships raffle-style.
UW-Eau Claire reported on Monday that 52% of students were vaccinated, according to its COVID-19 dashboard.
Other UW campuses declined to share their data when asked by the State Journal last week, saying students were just returning and reporting it to their schools. Spokespeople said they expect to announce their campus vaccination rates by mid-September.
An institution can achieve high, voluntary vaccination rates if its members are properly acculturated to the benefits of vaccination.