Officials announced Wednesday that Colorado community college students who get the COVID vaccination will receive scholarships for school through the state’s partnership with Amazon.
Despite slashing rates at the end of the state’s $1 million vaccine lottery, this is the latest giveaway as Colorado officials attempt to increase vaccination rates.
“The science is clear. COVID is a dangerous infectious disease,” Colorado Community College System Chancellor Joe Garcia said at a news conference. “But it is equally clear that vaccination matters, the people who are vaccinated are now sick. are not happening. If we want our colleges to be effective, if we want our communities to be safe, we must get our students vaccinated.”
Amazon will provide the full $75,000 to the Colorado Community College System. Five students at each of Colorado’s 13 community colleges will receive $1,000 scholarships and two students throughout the system will receive $5,000 each (considered a full ride).
Gov. Jared Polis said that about 15% of Coloradans aren’t necessarily opposed to getting the vaccine — they just haven’t gotten them.
“We know how to end the pandemic. It is in our power to do so, and we need to do so,” Polis said.
Garcia said that students at Colorado’s community colleges are not required to be vaccinated unless they live in residence halls or participate in intercollegiate athletics. But colleges are encouraging students to take them and making sure they are available.
Students who are vaccinated or already vaccinated must register for the scholarship by September 15 at cccs.edu/shot-at-a-scholarship/.
Jared Polis also announced Wednesday that people who get vaccinated at certain sites will be eligible for a $100 Walmart gift card. For more information about giveaways, visit cocomebackcash.com.