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UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson to visit UW-Eau Claire

| Denise Olson

UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson will visit the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Monday, Sept. 13, for a public event on the campus mall.

As part of a systemwide effort to achieve a 70% vaccination rate on all campuses, Thompson will join Chancellor James Schmidt at the event to celebrate UW-Eau Claire’s progress toward the goal. The event will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The event is aimed at encouraging students who have not yet been vaccinated to take advantage of a pop-up vaccine clinic being offered that day and to upload their vaccine record to help UW-Eau Claire surpass the 70% goal.

The event will also offer a chance for students to thank the many dedicated campus health care workers in Student Health Service, Counseling Services, Health Promotion and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.  

“Our faculty, staff and students have really come together to fight COVID-19 over the past 18 months, and we want to celebrate our progress and celebrate the fall semester,” Schmidt said. “We are proud to welcome President Thompson to campus so he can see firsthand how committed we are to the cause.”

During his travels to campuses across the UW System, Thompson has restated the importance of vaccinations for students and reminded all that inoculation is the best way to ensure in-person learning can continue for the 2021-22 academic year.

“We want students to have the best experience possible, and to do that, they need to be safe and healthy,” Thompson said. “Students are excited about being back on campus and attending classes in person. There’s a responsibility for students to get vaccinated to keep themselves and their professors safe.”

Monday’s event, titled “Smash COVID with Tommy and Chancellor Jim,” will offer Blugolds the chance to focus on vaccination goals and creating a community of immunity. The event will include:

  • Music.
  • Grab-and-go snacks.
  • Vax Game T-shirt giveaway.
  • “Thank You UWEC Healthcare Heroes” banner signing.
  • Upload your vaccine card.
  • Blu on the High-Striker machine marking the rising number of vaccinations.
  • Address to Blugolds by Chancellor Schmidt and President Thompson.
  • Pop-up vaccine clinic, first-floor conference room of Flesch Family Welcome Center.