To encourage eligible school-aged children, faculty, and staff to get a COVID-19 vaccine, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is sponsoring the I Got Vaxxed Competition.

Currently, children ages 12 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine. A total of 12 schools – four elementary schools, four middle schools, and four high schools – with the largest percentage of eligible vaccinated staff and students will each win $50,000 to use for their prom, fun fair, pep rally, or any student-based activity. The competition is open to both public and private schools. Schools are encouraged to poll their student populations to learn how students would like the funds to be used to encourage full participation.

The competition is completely voluntary. The online form to submit the number of faculty, staff, and students vaccinated at your school will be available in September. Submissions are due the first week of October, and the winning schools will be announced in late October.

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