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UW schools won’t make students get COVID-19 vaccines, but if they get them, they’ll be exempt from continual testing

With college-age students now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, University of Wisconsin campuses have a new rule that leaders hope will encourage young adults to get their shots.

UW System interim President Tommy Thompson asked campus chancellors Wednesday to allow students who have gotten vaccinated against COVID-19 to be exempt from the weekly COVID-19 testing regimen.

“One of the inducements, encouragements to not to have to go through testing is to get vaccinated,” Thompson said.