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Free Football Tickets Offered to Newly Vaccinated Employees

Athletics Incentive Part of New Push to Encourage UMD Community to Get Their Shots

By Maryland Today Staff

The University of Maryland is launching a new push to encourage Terps to get vaccinated against COVID-19—with a bit of Maryland cheer as an incentive. 

As part of the new “Vax 4 Maryland” campaign, Maryland Athletics today is announcing an offer of two free tickets for a select home football game this fall to any faculty or staff member who receives a first or second vaccination dose between May 19 and June 30. The program supports a campus-wide effort to encourage vaccinations for every member of the UMD community before the Fall 2021 academic semester.

“Vaccinating all faculty, staff and students is the single most effective way we can keep our community healthy this forthcoming semester,” said President Darryll J. Pines. “I would like to thank and commend Maryland Athletics for offering this incentive and for serving once again as an integral part of our university community.”

On April 23, University System of Maryland Chancellor Jay Perman mandated that all faculty, staff and students at USM institutions, including UMD, be vaccinated prior to the Fall 2021 semester.

As of Tuesday, 64.5% of the university community has self-reported being fully vaccinated, and 71% has had the first of two shots, according to UMD’s COVID-19 dashboard. The campus positivity rate for new COVID cases is zero. 

To qualify for the free tickets, UMD employees must attest to vaccinations at (on the daily symptom monitoring survey) between May 18 and June 30, and authorize UMD to verify results via the state’s vaccine database. After June 30, all eligible employees will receive an email from Maryland Athletics detailing how to redeem the free tickets.

With Prince George’s County lifting all capacity and distancing restrictions for indoor and outdoor sporting venues, Maryland Athletics will welcome fans back at 100% capacity to its sporting events, including football, this fall at Maryland Stadium. 

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