U of M to mandate vaccines for students

UMN President Joan Gabel announced in an email that once COVID-19 vaccines are approved by the Food and Drug Administration, they will be mandated for students.

Specifics about the “graceful pivot” in the U’s vax plan are still being worked out, and the mask mandate will continue. There will be a virtual town hall with University leaders at 9am on Wednesday, August 18.

From the email:

“Upon formal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of any COVID-19 vaccine (anticipated in the coming weeks), the University will add the COVID-19 vaccine to those immunizations already required for students, with appropriate exemptions. With the comfort associated with FDA approval, we will join a growing list of public colleges and universities across the country that are taking a similar approach, including, but not limited to, Michigan State University, Purdue University, the University of Florida, and many of the nation’s leading private colleges, including many in Minnesota.”

Faculty and staff will have to attest online that they are vaccinated and will get tested if they are exposed to COVID-19. If they’re not vaccinated, they should be tested regularly at a frequency to be determined.

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