Become a Vaccine Champion College!
Become a Vaccine Champion College!
About the Challenge
On May 4th, President Biden announced a goal of administering at least one vaccine shot to at least 70 percent of adult Americans, and to get to 160 million Americans being fully vaccinated by July 4th.
Meeting that goal is critical to save lives and help our country return to normal. While a significant portion of older generations have received the shot, younger Americans lag behind. It is time for younger generations to get their shot. We're all in this together: Ensuring that young people join their parents and grandparents and get vaccinated will not only keep them safe, but it will also protect their families and communities by reducing the risk of giving the virus to someone else.
To do this, we need to reach young people where they are, with information they can use, through a messenger they rely on, and provide opportunities they can access – which is why we're calling on college communities across the nation to help.
The White House and the U.S. Department of Education are asking college campuses across the country to join us in our efforts to end the pandemic by signing up for the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge.
Participating campuses commit to taking three key actions to help get their campus communities vaccinated: engaging every student, faculty, and staff member; organizing their college communities; and delivering vaccine access for all.
This effort will build on the program announced by the President Biden on May 11th that allows certain high-enrollment community colleges to participate in the federal pharmacy program to provide vaccination opportunities to students and their communities.
The Challenge also comes on the heels of new federal efforts announced in early May that make it easier and more accessible for Americans across the country to get vaccinated by increasing walk-in vaccinations at local pharmacies; supporting smaller pop-up vaccination clinics and mobile units; providing support for community based organizations to hire the staff needed to increase vaccine access; investing in education efforts about the vaccine in underserved communities, as well state and local vaccine outreach efforts; increasing vaccine availability and outreach efforts, as well as testing and mitigation, in rural communities; and launching a plan to reach newly eligible individuals age 12-15.
Everyone has a role to play in ending this pandemic, including your college or university. As President Biden stated when he announced the July 4th goal:
In two months, let's celebrate our independence as a nation, and our independence of this virus. We can do this. We will do this.
The Challenge: 3 Key Commitments
Colleges participating in the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge have raised their hands and committed to taking three action steps in the next six weeks:
- Engage every student, faculty, and staff member. Make sure every member of your campus community knows they are eligible for vaccine and has resources to find one.
- Organize your college community. Lead the way by identifying champions for vaccine efforts across campus and implementing a plan to get as many members of your college community vaccinated as possible.
- Deliver vaccine access for all. Meet your community where it is: bring vaccines on-site, and make it easy for students, staff, and faculty to get vaccinated sites nearby them this summer.