Thousands of students at The University of New Mexico have a fresh $100 in their bursar’s account, and it’s not too late for more Lobos to cash in on the COVID-19 vaccine incentive program for students and employees.
So far, the University has passed out more than $1 million in federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) money. The incentive program has been so successful, University leadership decided to extend the deadline.
“I’m thrilled at the response we’ve had through the Vax the Pack incentive program,” said James Holloway, UNM Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Each of us protects all of us. Most importantly, we’re protecting those who can’t get the vaccine yet – especially younger brothers and sisters. Vaccinated students are displaying their compassion and diligence in protecting not just themselves, but those in our community who are most vulnerable.”
Lobos who are registered for Fall 2021 are eligible to receive the money. They must upload proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to have $100 put in their bursar’s account. Students now have until the end of September to receive their full dose and upload their vaccination card or proof. Click here to upload proof of vaccination.
Those who got vaccinated in New Mexico can access their immunization record through the New Mexico Department of Health.
Faculty and staff drawings
UNM Main and Branch Campus staff and faculty are also encouraged to upload proof of vaccination to be entered into drawing for one of fifty $1,000 prizes (subject to income tax). The first round of drawings was held this morning, and winners were notified via email.
“My father has chronic illness, and my son is too young to get vaccinated. I wanted to do everything in my power to keep them safe. This is initially why I made the decision, but I am a firm believer in all vaccines. The little taste of freedom that we had this summer, could be our reality again!” –Tina R. Felix, Coordinator of Education Support, Department of Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences
18 employees from Main and 2 from branch campuses will see the money appear in their paycheck.
“Uploading your documentation was the easiest $1000 I’ve ever made so I encourage you all to do the same.” –Rob Howard, Video/Audio Visual Tech, Department of Communication & Journalism
“I teach the race car design and build course in mechanical engineering. As the course is very hands-on - it requires close contact with students. I consulted with my daughter who runs an infectious disease lab. She recommended vaccination as the safest option for both the students and myself. Upload your documentation now - it doesn't get better with age!” –Professor John J. Russell, Director, Formula SAE Program, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Those who have previously reported their vaccination status, but have not uploaded documentation, can click here to do so and be entered in the drawing. Employees have until Sept. 30 to upload proof of full vaccination and be entered to win.
Free on-site vaccination clinics
Effective Aug. 5, UNM began requiring full COVID-19 vaccination for all faculty, staff, and students, no later than September 30, 2021. All New Mexicans, age 16 and older, are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination is free and readily available at a variety of accessible locations.
UNM is still offering free on-site COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Main Campus and Valencia Campus locations. Vaccines are available in the Student Union Building (SUB) Atrium, Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Aug. 27. The on-site vaccination clinic at the SUB Atrium reopens on Sept. 1 and will be available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Sept. 30, except for Friday, Sept. 10 and Monday, Sept. 13. Additionally, clinics will be offered on Sept. 20-21 at the Valencia Campus, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center, Learning Rooms 101A and 101B. The vaccine is free and no appointment is necessary.
COVID-19 Vaccination is also available at a variety of locations around the state and can be scheduled through the New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination site.
“I want to thank all of those who have worked so hard to implement these clinics and the incentive program, and put together all the online tools that we need to manage UNM’s vaccination program,” said Holloway, “They are absolutely amazing. Now go get vaccinated!”