FARGO — North Dakota State University students who missed the deadline to get $100 for being vaccinated against the coronavirus will get another chance to get the shot.
NDSU told The Forum it will extend its deadline for the incentive to Jan. 4. The initial deadline to be fully vaccinated was Oct. 15.
Students must submit proof they have been vaccinated to get the money.
President Dean Bresciani called the incentive program a success when he spoke to the NDSU Foundation Executive Governing Board on Friday, Nov. 12. As of Wednesday, 6,950 students were approved to receive $100 for being fully inoculated, which is about 59% of the on-campus population, NDSU said.
“We would argue it is working very well,” Bresciani said.
NDSU has not required the coronavirus vaccine for students, but it is extending the incentive as part of its efforts to meet a deadline set by the Biden administration to mandate the shot for federal contractors and their employees. The deadline to meet that requirement is Jan. 4, but it is unclear if it would apply to all NDSU employees or those who work in connection to federal contracts.
The deadline was extended by the Biden Administration to Jan. 18, according to media reports.
Student employees could be a part of that group, as well, Bresciani said in a Nov. 5 campus update.
North Dakota has joined a lawsuit meant to halt President Joe Biden’s executive order.
The university has more than $33 million in federal contracts, as well as federal buildings on campus. For now, NDSU will require 33 employees that work in federal buildings to get the vaccine, according to the campus update.
Most faculty, staff and students are vaccinated, Bresciani said in the update.
More information on the incentive program can be found at bit.ly/2XWuhqY.