MADISON (Wisc. — Getting vaccinated on the campus of the University of Wisconsin at Madison is relatively common.
Sam Kuchta, a senior at UW, stated that he believes it is in everyone’s best interests to get vaccines, both on campus and in the larger Dane County community.
Kuchta was not concerned about the fact that students do not have to be vaccinated at campus.
He said, “Last summer was the summer of 2020, and I received chemotherapy for Hodgkins lymphoma.”
Kuchta’s cancer is now in remission. His doctors also say that he is not more immunocompromised than the rest of us. He wouldn’t have been able to feel at home on campus if he had not received the vaccines.
“After the treatment, there are parts of my body that are slightly more susceptible to disease. Kuchta stated that my lungs were particularly affected. This is something Kuchta recommends being cautious about.
Nearly all his classmates were vaccinated despite the fact that there was no university mandate.
“Right now, 94% of our employees are fully vaccinated and 93% of our students are fully vaccinated,” said Jake Baggot, director of health services at the campus. This high number is partially due to Baggot’s department.
“We use different ways to communicate this. This included direct messaging, emails, messages and email. “We spent a lot time in town halls, and other forums, where we could talk to people as kind, as best possible, inner-personally,” Baggot stated.
Baggot stated that school requires all students to undergo a weekly COVID testing. Some people may be able to pass the test.
He believes communication is the key to successful vaccination efforts.
Baggot said, “If someone you meet hasn’t been vaccinated or if they have, explain to them why you did it, what impact it had on your life, and help them understand why others might make the same decision.”
Many students were shocked when the school decided to waive a mandate.
“At first, I really hoped there would be a requirement to come back to campus,” says Gina Nerone, a law student.
“When they decided they weren’t going to do a vaccine mandate and also significantly reduced the number of classes that were 100% virtual, I thought that was a little odd,” said Kevin Chukel, senior at UW Madison.