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White House COVID-19 Vaccine Challenge: Hudson urges faculty, staff, students to use hashtags, social media to inspire others

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As JSU President Thomas K. Hudson continues to encourage all faculty, staff and students to get COVID-19 vaccinations, he’s also asking the campus community to spread the word via social platforms about the importance of getting the lifesaving shots.

White House

President Joe Biden wants as many Americans as possible to get vaccinated, so the challenge aims to push colleges and universities throughout the country to help end the pandemic.

As a result, Hudson is urging JSU’s administrators, schools, colleges, departments and students to participate in the White House COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge along with the U.S. Department of Education.

While a significant number of older generations have received the shot, younger Americans are lagging. The White House said a focus on this group would help protect families and communities by reducing the risk to others.

Thus, by sharing information to help end the pandemic, the JSU effort could help the U.S. reach its goal of inoculating as many Americans as possible this summer.

Hudson

Hudson

At the start of the pandemic, JSU helped to reduce the spread of the deadly coronavirus with campuswide safety measures and daily updates on its webpages and e-blasts. It also provided convenient online instruction.

Since March, JSU and the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center have teamed up to vaccinate more than 1,000 people at its on-campus vaccination sites – primarily inside the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center.

As well, the School of Public Health’s “It’s Not Over Campaign”(commercials, billboards, PSAs, partnerships, et al.) has reached more than a million people through social media, town halls, e-blasts, marketing and public relations channels.

Now, it’s your turn to share your messages with colleagues and student peers to save even more lives.

Sample social messages: 

  • Administrators:
    • “We are doing this for every student, faculty and staff member at JSU and taking the pledge and committing to action. Get the COVID-19 vaccine.”
    •  “To all our students, faculty and staff members: #WeCanDoThis. We can keep each other safe by taking the #COVIDCollegeChallenge pledge, committing to action and getting the COVID-19 vaccine.” WhiteHouse.gov/COVIDCollegeChallenge
  • Educators:
    • “To all my students and fellow educators at JSU: #WeCanDoThis. Take the pledge to protect our college community and become a #VaccineChampion. Together, we can defeat #COVIDCollegeChallenge.” WhiteHouse.gov/COVIDCollegeChallenge
    • “I’m taking the pledge with JSU to become a Vaccine Champion College. Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can protect the community. Together #WeCanDoThis. #COVIDCollegeChallenge.” WhiteHouse.gov/COVIDCollegeChallenge
  • Staff:
    • “To all my fellow colleagues and students at JSU: #WeCanDoThis. Let’s pledge to protect our college community and become a #VaccineChampion. Together, we can #CancelCOVID.” WhiteHouse.gov/COVIDCollegeChallenge
    • “I’m taking the pledge with JSU to become a Vaccine Champion College. Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can protect the community. Together #WeCanDoThis. #COVIDCollegeChallenge.” WhiteHouse.gov/COVIDCollegeChallenge
  • Students:
    • “I am a Vaccine Champion. Join me in a pledge to combat COVID-19 by getting the vaccine and encouraging others to do the same. #COVIDCollegeChallenge.” WhiteHouse.gov/COVIDCollegeChallenge
    • “Vaccine Champions unite! I pledge to keep us safe from COVID-19. We can vanquish this virus together with the COVID-19 vaccine.” #COVIDCollegeChallenge.” WhiteHouse.gov/COVIDCollegeChallenge