Pitt is one of hundreds of higher education institutions across the country committed to encouraging and educating their communities to get vaccinated as part of the White House and the U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge.
The participating Vaccine Champion Universities commit to taking three key actions to help get their campus communities vaccinated in an effort to end the pandemic:
Engage every student, faculty and staff member: Make sure every member of your campus community knows they are eligible for a 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 vaccines for all: Meet your community where it is by bringing vaccines on-site, and making it easy for students, staff, and faculty to get vaccinated at sites nearby them this summer.
Participating colleges also get to learn from each other’s efforts, successes and challenges along the way through White House-facilitated events and briefings with administration officials.
The effort is particularly aimed at younger people, who have lagged behind their parents and grandparents in getting vaccinations. In Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University also has signed onto the challenge. Penn State also is participating.