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Most UNL students, faculty report being vaccinated against COVID

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A majority of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students, faculty and staff report being fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the university said Friday.

While UNL did not require COVID-19 shots this fall, 69% of students taking classes on campus are vaccinated, according to information they uploaded to a voluntary registry, as well as 81% of faculty and 74% of staff.

According to UNL, 91% of Husker athletes also reported being vaccinated.

UNL did not require vaccination before the start of fall classes but indicated those who were would be exempted from having to submit a saliva test on a weekly basis.

The university also offered prizes to incentivize community members to roll up their sleeves.

"I want to thank everyone who uploaded their information into our vaccine registry and for doing their part to protect themselves and our community," Chancellor Ronnie Green said in a statement.

Green also urged those who have not been vaccinated to get one at the University Health Center or other options in the community.

Creighton University said 91% of its faculty and staff had been vaccinated, which was down from the 99% it reported earlier this summer after new hires started work.

The private university in Omaha also boasts a 95% vaccination rate among its students, with that number increasing, a spokeswoman said.

At Nebraska Wesleyan University, which also mandated students get vaccinated, 88% of the 1,825 students enrolled this fall are fully vaccinated, a spokesman said.

Among faculty and staff at NWU, 94% have been vaccinated.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7120 or cdunker@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @ChrisDunkerLJS

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