homecoming kick-off, encouraged students to get vaccinated. “We need just about 400 more to get to the 70 percent level … at the end of the day we all understand the issue of herd immunity, …
homecoming kick-off, encouraged students to get vaccinated.
“We need just about 400 more to get to the 70 percent level … at the end of the day we all understand the issue of herd immunity, that is the point where we can begin to not have to worry about this virus anymore and we cannot do that without young adults stepping to the plate.”
UW-System President Tommy Thompson also spoke to students and attendees about getting vaccinated.
“I never want to close down campuses again and that is why we have instituted a mask policy that not everyone supports and I get that, but we have to make sure that our professors, faculty and our students are protected in every way they can,” Thompson said.
He also congratulated the Falcon football team on a 30 track record this season.
“River Falls happens to be 3-0 and you took on that poor school in Northern Illinois and you trumped them 71-13, a record score for River Falls, what a great kickoff,” he said.
Thompson also applauded the university on its successes in infrastructure and academics.
“I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the faculty. We have some of the finest professors, instructors and teachers in the UW System at the River Falls campus and they do a great job,” he said.
The university is currently at a 63 percent vaccination rate and the percentage keeps increasing each week. UWRF has continued to offer incentives to reach a 70 percent population of vaccinated students as well as creating resources for students to get their vaccine on campus with no hassle.
“I’m very excited, new things are happening each day this week and it has been a fun first homecoming so far,” said Chancellor Maria Gallo.
The overall younger population has been slow to get vaccinated, Evers said.
“I think for a lot of young people they just don’t think about it and I don't think there are a whole lot of young people that are antivaxxers … I just don’t think it is a huge part of their life and every student and young adult that gets a vaccine is making sure they don’t pass it along to someone else,” he said.
This week, UWRF will host several events to get students and the community excited for homecoming. The football game is on Saturday Oct. 2 where they will take on WIAC foe UW-La Crosse.