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Augustana Joins COVID College Challenge

Augustana College has joined more than 300 other colleges and universities in a White House effort to promote vaccination. The goal of the COVID-19 College Challenge is to get 70 per cent of US adults vaccinated by July 4th.

Kai Swanson, Special Assistant to the President, says Augustana has offered vaccinations on campus, and transportation to other clinics. And a recent survey showed nearly 93 per cent of student respondents were already fully or partially vaccinated by the end of May.

"And I think that most students get it - they realize that if they want to have all of the benefits that accrue from not only being in a residential setting but maybe being on an athletic team, in a performance ensemble, doing international study - that it's in their own best interest to get this vaccine thing taken care of as soon as possible."

So far, about 500 colleges and universities will require students and staff to be vaccinated by the fall, including Grinnell, Knox, and Beloit colleges. Swanson says Augustana has not yet made a decision to require vaccination, but is strongly suggesting it.

He thinks students who want to participate in off-campus activities in the coming year, including tutoring, student teaching, and international study, will have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.