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Finlandia joins COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge

July 9, 2021

In participation with colleges and universities across the country, Finlandia University has joined in efforts to end the pandemic by signing up for the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge. Invited by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education, participating colleges make three key commitments to the Challenge:  

Engage every student, faculty, and staff member. Make sure every member of your campus community knows they are eligible for a vaccine and has resources to find one.

Organize your college community. Lead the way by identifying champions for vaccine efforts across campus and implementing a plan to get as many members of your college community vaccinated as possible.

Deliver vaccine access for all. Meet your community where it is: bring vaccines on-site, and make it easy for students, staff, and faculty to get vaccinated at sites nearby them this summer. 

Finlandia’s priorities for a safe academic year have been the health, safety and welfare of students, faculty, staff and its neighbors in the Hancock community. Including the limiting and mitigation of the spread of COVID-19 throughout campus and Hancock community, providing an excellent Finlandia education to every student and standing by its commitment to being a learning community dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service. 

“Finlandia’s participation is just another expression of our commitment to take care of one another and those who live in our neighboring communities,” President Philip Johnson said.

Finlandia looks forward to the opportunity to combine efforts across its community in taking action. In April, Finlandia hosted #CrushCOVIDWeek on campus with events focused on education about the vaccine as well as providing students with an opportunity to celebrate the vaccine rollout to all eligible adults. The week culminated in a vaccine clinic and car smash sponsored by Ed’s Salvage. Finlandia was also announced as the winner of the inaugural Yooper U’s Beat the Flu Competition in April. Hosted by the Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health, Finlandia took the annual title with 12.1% of its students, staff and faculty members reporting they had been vaccinated against the flu. For more information about the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge, visit whitehouse.gov/covidcollegechallenge.

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