Ohio State University: Ohio State launches new incentive for reporting COVID booster shots

The Ohio State University has announced a new incentive program awarding gift cards to students, faculty and staff who get and report their COVID-19 vaccination booster shot.

“I am thrilled to announce today a new program to reward our Ohio State community for your exceptional efforts to keep each other safe and healthy: the Buckeye Booster Drawing,” President Kristina M. Johnson said in a message to the university community today.

Each week, Ohio State will award $100 gift cards to 100 students, faculty and staff who have received their COVID-19 vaccination booster shot and entered the random drawing. The first drawing will take place the week of Feb. 6 and will run weekly through early April (the university will pause the drawing for spring break in March). To participate, complete these steps:

Receive the booster dose as soon as you are eligible – five months after completing a two-dose primary vaccine series or two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Enter the drawing by completing this form.
Submit your vaccination information.
Students should report through My BuckMD. Students who have already uploaded their booster information can skip this step and simply need to complete the drawing entry form.
Employees should report through the Employee Health Record.
Rules and other information are available on the Buckeye Booster Drawing webpage.

You can learn more about how and where to get vaccinated and booster eligibility on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website. The vaccines and boosters, which are safe and available at no cost, are critical to the university’s efforts to stay together on campus through the spring and beyond.

“Our total vaccination rate is an exceptional 93%,” Johnson said. “We want to thank our Buckeye family for all that you have done – and we want everyone to take the necessary step of getting their booster shot to protect one another from COVID-19 and its variants to the greatest possible degree.”

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