WSU to require students, employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University will require all students and employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by fall 2021. 

The university will require proof of vaccination for the 2021-2022 academic year for all students engaging in activities at any WSU campus or location. 

Exemptions will be allowed for medical, religious or personal reasons.Students whose programs are fully online are automatically exempt from the requirement. 

All WSU Pullman students living in university-owned housing will need to provide proof of vaccination or have an approved exemption, by Friday, August 6. 

Students not living in university housing or with program-specific requirements will be required to have documented proof of vaccine or an approved exemption. Students who fail to meet the requirement will be prevented from registering for spring semester courses and/or face other restrictions. 

Employees will also be required to be vaccinated if they are working or volunteering in activities on a WSU worksite. Those with exemptions may be subject to COVID-19 testing and other public health measures. 

“As the state’s land-grant university, WSU has an obligation to serve the public good and promote the health and safety of the communities it serves,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz. “The COVID-19 vaccine, now widely available, has been shown to nearly eliminate the chances of death or serious illness related to a COVID-19 infection and is a critical element in protecting public health locally and worldwide.”

WSU is the first local university to announce its decision to require students and employees to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Officials at Whitworth University and Eastern Washington University have said they are discussing doing the same. 

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