COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge

Though the COVID-19 vaccine is not required for all students on the MSUM campus, it is required for student athletes, student employees, and students living in residence halls, or they must partake in weekly COVID-19 testing. And, the health and safety of our Dragon family is a shared responsibility. That's why we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated and do what you can to stop the spread of COVID-19.

To get more students vaccinated, MSUM is extending its participation in the White House and the U.S. Department of Education's COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge. We've made our prizes bigger and better! Beginning September 22, we're giving away 10 - $500 cash prizes for four weeks, for a total of 40 more student winners.

  • Only one entry is allowed. Names will stay in the drawing each week; you have 40 chances to win a $500 cash prize!
  • Deadline to enter the last drawing: 4 p.m., October 12.
  • Only current MSUM students are eligible. You can only win once.
  • To collect the prize, you must show proof of at least one does of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Prizes will be issued through the Office of Scholarship & Financial Aid via direct deposit or check directly to the student

Complete the "Tell Us You're Vaccinated" form for a chance to win $500. Then, upload a video/photo and a quote about why you got vaccinated.

September 22 prize winners:

  • David Nelson
  • Savannah Watson
  • Alexis Grabau
  • Morgan Bruers
  • Charisma Francis
  • Danielle Metzenhuber
  • MacKaelie Herr
  • Samantha Durnin
  • Isaac Brown
  • Xander Risdal

September 7 prize winners:

  • Helin Hassan
  • Avery Nelson
  • Leah Kendall
  • Richard Lahti (employee)

Vaccine Clinics

Clay County Public Health offers COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Visit their website for details.

Why get vaccinated?
Research shows that the three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are safe and effective in preventing severe complications and hospitalization from COVID-19. The most common side effects are similar to those from other vaccines, including fatigue, sore arm and low-grade fever.

In addition, new guidance says that if you’ve been vaccinated, you no longer need to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19. One (or two) shots can help us all get back to life as we knew it pre-2020.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides answers to frequently asked questions, what to know before getting your vaccine, possible side effects and other resources on their website.

Scheduling your vaccine appointment
The CARES Act requires health insurers to cover the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have questions about your health insurance coverage, call your insurance provider before scheduling your vaccination appointment.

Students: If you are looking for insurance coverage, please contact our case manager/navigator Jamie Skrove at MSUM Counseling Services or 218.477.2211.

Vaccination sites are designed to keep you and health care workers safe. Most sites require an appointment before you arrive. Our case manager/navigator Jamie Skrove can also help you figure out the best place for you to get vaccinated based on your insurance plan.