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Purdue plans vaccine cash drawing as IU faces policy critics

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — While Indiana University faces political backlash over its plans to require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for all students and employees, Purdue University is offering a chance at winning a full year’s tuition for students who get the shots.

Purdue announced the drawing on Thursday, with vaccinated students eligible for one of 10 prizes paying $9,992.

Purdue has avoided criticism of it plans to require students and employees to either provide proof of vaccination for the fall semester or participate in frequent COVID-19 testing.

Many Republican legislators have come out against IU’s plan, with a letter signed by 35 GOP state senators calling it a “heavy-handed mandate.”

RELATED: Indiana attorney general attacks IU’s COVID-19 vaccine order

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