The University of Wisconsin school system will now be awarding students with tuition credit if they assist with the coronavirus pandemic.
Around 4,000 students will have the opportunity to administer vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available, at hospitals around Wisconsin.
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Those students will then receive a $500 tuition credit for their work. Many nursing students are already working in health care while in school, but the UW System hopes the incentive will encourage more students to help out.
“The UW System continues to look for ways to help the state during the pandemic, and this proposal is another example of the Wisconsin Idea in action,” System President Tommy Thompson said. “We have worked closely with Wisconsin’s health care providers and nursing homes to identify this need and are glad we can help.”
The University of Wisconsin said more information on the incentives for these students is forthcoming.
These incentives are just another way the UW school system is assisting with the pandemic. Earlier this year they worked with the U.S. Department of Health to establish 13 new “surge testing” sites.
These sites have provided 250,000 Abbott BinaxNOW rapid-results antigen tests, the University of Wisconsin said in a press release.
Since these sites were established, they have administered more than 55,000 tests across Wisconsin. The sites are open to the general public and provide results within 15 minutes.