Gonzaga president ‘not yet convinced’ about mandatory vaccinations, but not ruling it out

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga University President Thayne McCulloh said he has not yet made a decision on whether to require students and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the fall semester. 

In an email sent Thursday, McCulloh said he is “not yet convinced that introducing a ‘mandatory requirement’ regarding the COVID-19 vaccine is the place to begin,” but added there may be a point where university officials make vaccination compulsory.

In recent weeks, Gonzaga has collaborated with Providence to offer vaccines at a clinic on campus and McCulloh said a large portion of the university community has chosen to get vaccinated. 

“We will continue to evaluate the best ways of achieving a sufficient level of immunity within the community and as we do so, we will communicate with students and families, as we have throughout the pandemic,” McCulloh said. 

Other local universities have been mulling the idea of requiring students and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Washington State University was the first to announce the requirement, though officials at Whitworth University and Eastern Washington University have said they are discussing doing the same. 

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