Vaccine and Vaccination Information

Vaccination Incentive Program

Lakers, Vax-Up! The Grand Valley community is strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. Record your COVID-19 vaccination status on your GVSU online self-assessment

Details of a Vaccination Incentive Program for GVSU students are below. 1,000 students will receive $100.

Widespread vaccination will allow us to adjust our response to COVID-19. Remember to report your vaccination in your online self-assessment.

  • To date, nearly 80% of faculty and staff have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
  • Nearly 4,000 students have reported on their self-assessment that they have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

“If I’ve already had COVID-19, why should I get the vaccine?” This is just one question GVSU students asked Dr. Habiba Hassouna, an infectious disease specialist at Spectrum Health. Get the answer to that question and more by watching the short video below. 

Dr. Habiba Hassouna from Spectrum Health, and other health experts, answered questions about COVID-19 vaccines during a town hall meeting on February 23, 2021, sponsored by the GVSU Virus Action Team. The full recording of the meeting is available here.

Lakers Vax-Up - Student Vaccination Incentive Program

Grand Valley students who have received a COVID-19 vaccine have the opportunity to win $100. In an effort to increase the vaccination rate on campus, July has been designated as Lakers Vax-Up month.

The goal is to have at least 70 percent of students vaccinated.The GVSU COVID-19 Data Dashboard shows the vaccination rate of the GVSU community.

The COVID-19 vaccine is the best path out of the pandemic and to mitigate the spread of the virus and variants. The vaccine is also the best way to provide the safest campus possible with a more normal classroom and campus environment. 

Details of the incentive program are below.

Vaccination Incentive Program

GVSU students who are vaccinated and record their information in their daily online self-assessment will be eligible to win $100. Drawings will begin the first week of August.

  • 1,000 students will receive $100.
  • Weekly drawings for 250 winners of $100 (August 4, 11, 18 and 25).
  • Winners will have $100 credited to their student account once vaccine verification is provided.

 How Students Can Participate

  • Step One: Get vaccinated.
  • Step Two: It doesn’t matter when you received the vaccine to be eligibleYou have until July 31, 2021, to indicate in your daily online self-assessment you have received at least one dose. Think you already reported? Double check. 
  • Step ThreeIf you are selected as a winner, be ready to provide verification that you were vaccinated to claim the $100 credit.

 How to get a COVID-19 vaccine

 Walk-in opportunities and appointments are available at these clinics:

Many local and state organizations and businesses are offering giveaways at their COVID-19 vaccine clinics. For details, visit http://Michigan.gov/Vax2win.

Michigan residents who got at least one vaccine dose have a chance to win several prizes by entering a drawing at MIShotToWin.com.


Vaccine FAQ

Despite being vaccinated, you can still get COVID-19. After being fully vaccinated, you are less likely to have severe symptoms.

We encourage you to visit COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC for the most up-to-date information.

Currently GVSU does not have a mandate for the COVID-19 vaccine for the Fall semester. Our current focus is to encourage vaccinations and make them accessible on campus. We will continue to evaluate the idea of a mandate between now and the Fall semester. Additionally, we will continue to consider state and county health guidance and recommendations. Based off surveys we have conducted, our students, faculty and staff overwhelmingly wish to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or have self-reported they have already been vaccinated. We will stay vigilant to keep our community safe.


This page is maintained by GVSU's Virus Action Team (VAT). Navigate to the other VAT-administered pages using the buttons above. For questions, concerns, or to report a non-emergency health/safety issue, email us at virusactionteam@gvsu.edu. For general questions contact the Lakers Together Call Center: (616) 331-INFO (4636). For personal health questions, call the 24/7 GVSU COVID Health Line (833) 734-0020.