Lewis University encourages students to get vaccinated for COVID-19

Fully vaccinated students won’t have to submit to screenings, could win raffle prizes

Like other institutions, Lewis University in Romeoville is using various methods to encourage its students to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The university announced that starting this week, it will hold weekly raffles for students and employees who submit their vaccination status, according to a news release.

Possible gifts include electronics, gift cards and more.

The university has said it will require students and staff to be vaccinated before the fall semester.

Lewis University also outlined how fully vaccinated students won’t have to submit to daily symptom screenings. They won’t have to wear face masks indoors while on campus, although masks may be required of all individuals attending an event on campus or participating in a university activity in some circumstances.

The school directed students and staff to an upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinic taking place Friday at Plainfield Central High School.

Other entities have been employing similar strategies to convince individuals to get vaccinated.

The nearby University of St. Francis in Joliet is offering a financial aid grant for students who get their shot.

The state is holding a lottery for vaccinated residents to receive a cash prize of $100,000. A Joliet resident was recently announced as a winner in this week’s drawing.

While 49% of Will County’s more than 690,000 residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, daily shot numbers have slowed significantly.

For information on where to get vaccinated, visit willcountyhealth.org.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.