STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Faculty members at Mississippi State University (MSU) found a new and intriguing way to get students vaccinated before returning to campus.
Sid Salter is the Chief Communications Officer at MSU.
He's watched as the college locked down during the pandemic and later reopened.
With the new variant around, Salter said it reinforces the importance of vaccinations.
“There’s a lot on the line," Salter explained. "Our best bet on continuing the journey towards normalcy is voluntary vaccinations.”
To encourage vaccinations among the members of the university, MSU is offering raffle incentives like National Championship merchandise and gift cards worth $250 to the bookstore.
Salter hopes these incentives can push students on the fence to get their shots.
He explained the university as a family and said as a family, you look out for each other and take care of one another. “We believe voluntary vaccination to COVID is one of the things that we can do as the MSU family to take care of each other," he said.
Salter also mentioned that the university will hold a drawing the week of August 16th offering tuition support valued at $9K.