Gov. Edwards and LDH announce Shot for 100 for LA college students

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FILE – In this March 29, 2021 file photo, a worker readies syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Metairie, La. Even people who have recovered from COVID-19 are urged to get vaccinated to avoid reinfection, especially amid the threat of the extra-contagious delta variant — and there’s growing evidence the shots offer those survivors bonus protection against mutants.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

UPDATE: All 9 member institutions of the UL System will participate in Shot for 100.

“Because of differences in academic calendars, some students may not be at their home institution for several days or weeks,” University of Louisiana Systems President Dr. Jim Henderson said. “Those students will be welcome at their nearest campus for vaccination and their home institution student ID will be recognized.”

BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health announced Shot for 100, a vaccine program aimed to motivate college students to get vaccinated at any participating colleges and universities.

The program will give 100 dollars to the fist 75,000 students who get their COVID-19 vaccination.

“More than anything, students want an in-person college experience. But to do that safely, we need more shots in arms,” said Edwards said. “It’s in everyone’s interest that our young people get the COVID vaccine – to protect themselves, their families and friends, and their larger communities.”

According to the Louisiana Department of Health Louisiana Coronavirus Vaccination Information, 18-29 year old’s have the second lowest vaccination rate in La.

“We hope this fun vaccine perk nudges more young people to get the vaccine now rather than later and keep up the momentum we need to put this pandemic behind us,” State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter said.

Shot for 100 will be led by individual, participating campuses so programs will vary. Students should look out for more information from their schools within the next few days.

At campus, students will be given a deactivated Visa card when they get vaccinated. The card will be loaded with 100 dollars after registering at the Shot at 100 website.

Louisiana State University and University of Louisiana at Lafayette have already announced their participation.

Check back here for more updates on participating universities.

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