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University of Wyoming returns to in-person classes without a vaccine mandate, still sees increase in student vaccinations

Half-Acre Gymnasium, University of Wyoming
Half-Acre Gymnasium, University of Wyoming(Mia Johnson)
Published: Aug. 26, 2021 at 7:10 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The University of Wyoming started Fall courses in-person this week. The university announced earlier it would not be enforcing a vaccine mandate; however, UW spokesperson reveals student vaccination numbers are still increasing.

“We did a survey of everybody who was tested and found that 66% of our students reported having been vaccinated, and about 88% of our faculty and staff. Those are numbers that are very encouraging, we like to obviously see them higher and think they will continue to increase. All in all, considering the circumstances, I think we are off to a very good start to the Fall Semester,” said Chad Baldwin, Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the University of Wyoming.

Students are required to wear masks only in areas where social distancing cannot be accomplished, such as indoor classrooms, the Union and Half-Acre Gymnasium. The university introduced a vaccine incentive program to encourage students to get vaccinated in order to win cash prizes, event passes, dining passes and more.

Baldwin said the dedication of students, staff and faculty to get vaccinated and/or wear a mask is one of the main reasons UW was ready to return to in-person courses for the Fall.

“There are some people who don’t like to do it, some people who are happy to do it. Things are going well. Essentially, what we are hearing from a lot of students is if takes wearing a mask to be in person, that’s what they’ll do, so that is very encouraging,” said Baldwin.

The first prize of a full semester of paid tuition and fees has already been selected; however, students still have the opportunity to win multiple prizes through the remainder of the semester. Students must present proof of vaccination.

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