Study shows UWL, Viterbo students plan to get vaccinated

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The vast majority of students at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University intend to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them, according to area researchers.

A survey conducted by Gundersen Health System’s Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine, UW-La Crosse and Viterbo University found that 76% of students surveyed at UWL and Viterbo this winter plan to get vaccinated

Eighty-one percent think the vaccine will protect them, while 82% think the vaccine will protect others. A total of 78% believe the COVID-19 vaccine will be beneficial in getting things back to normal.

“I think what surprised me in the study, if anything, was the percentage of students indicating they would get the vaccine when it became available to them,” said Dan Duquette, chair of the UWL Health Education and Health Promotion Department and the study’s lead facilitator. “And one of the main reasons was to help things return to normal.”

Of the nearly 300 students completing the survey between mid-February and early March, 66% reported they had already received the seasonal flu shot — heeding advice of health professionals to avert a double health crisis.