UPIKE recognized state-wide for impressive vaccination rate

The University of Pikeville is proud to continue taking steps to stop the spread of COVID-19, placing the health and safety of faculty, staff and students as a top priority. The university has been recognized by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce as a Gold status COVID Stops Here workplace for achieving a 90% vaccination rate.

The COVID Stops Here campaign recognizes Kentucky workplaces that have achieved widespread vaccination against COVID-19. Organizations that have achieved at least a 70% vaccination rate are eligible to receive a designation.

It is critical that Kentuckians work together to stop the spread of coronavirus. UPIKE President Burton J. Webb, Ph.D., is grateful for the commitment faculty and staff have made to take the lead and set a positive example for students, keeping campus safe. 

“We are thankful to our UPIKE Family for their commitment to the health of themselves and one another,” said Webb. “Reaching the 90 percent vaccination threshold is a significant accomplishment of which we can all be proud. When combined with regular testing for the unvaccinated, vaccination is the best way to keep our community safe.”

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce developed the COVID Stops Here campaign as a way to celebrate workplaces that are leading the fight to stop COVID-19 — and to encourage more organizations to join their ranks.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is Kentucky’s pathway to recovery. UPIKE is helping set the bar for vaccination in Kentucky by achieving Gold COVID Stops Here status — meaning at least 90% of their employees are now vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a great achievement and we thank them for helping our state stop this dangerous virus,” said Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Ashli Watts. “Employers are playing a very important role as we work to encourage vaccination in Kentucky. In order to finally put this virus behind us, we need Kentuckians to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Together we can stop this virus, let’s make sure that COVID stops here!”