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LSU Approves COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Students Once Fully FDA Approved

(Plaquemine Post South) – The LSU Board of Supervisors voted 9-2 last week to urge the Louisiana Department of Health to add COVID-19 shots to a list of mandated vaccinations for college students once federal regulators give full approval to the vaccines.

The vote came after the board adopted an amendment to notify students that they could opt out of a mandate for health, religious or other reasons.

Students have had the ability to opt out of other required vaccines, such as for measles or mumps, but few have realized that or done so.

Faculty members fear that notifying students they can ignore any COVID-19 requirement will undercut the school’s efforts to increase vaccination rates as more dangerous variants of the virus spread.

LSU system President Tom Galligan said 73 percent of the faculty and 57 percent of staff at the flagship campus in Baton Rouge have reported being vaccinated against COVID-19. However only about 27 percent of the campus’s 35,000 students have reported being vaccinated.

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, 522 college campuses around the country have required the vaccine, with 221 of them being public institutions. Read Full Article >

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