UW students can show proof of vaccine to bypass COVID-19 testing

NOW: UW students can show proof of vaccine to bypass COVID-19 testing

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- University of Wisconsin campuses will allow students to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccine to bypass testing requirements, according to UW-System President Tommy Thompson, who made the announcement Wednesday. 

The UW campuses won’t requirement students or faculty to get vaccinated, but Thompson said he wanted to provide an incentive for those who do. 

“This is something I think is a privilege for students, employees and faculty to do and they won’t have to continue to go through testing as long as they’ve been vaccinated,” Thompson said during a media event with reporters. 

Those who don't get vaccinated will still have to show proof of a negative test. 

This week, students became eligible for the vaccine after the state opened up appointments to anyone 16 years old and up. Thompson said he hopes to get as many students vaccinated before they leave for summer break as the UW-System is aiming to have 75% of students back in the classroom this fall.

“If we can do that, then next fall 75% of students will be able to be in class with their professor and everybody will be safe and healthy,” Thompson said. 

Last week, UW-Madison vaccinated nearly 12,000 students and staff, according to university officials. However, they are now encouraging students to look elsewhere for an appointment after officials reported a shortage of doses. 

The goal is to have 75-80% of those on campus vaccinated by fall in order to reach herd immunity, Thompson said.

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