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MSU not requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for returning students, at least not yet

Posted at 2:32 PM, May 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-19 18:39:02-04

Update: An earlier version of this article said MSU would not be requiring students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 for their return to campus in the fall. Although the university is not currently mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for a fall return, a final decision has not been made.

Michigan State University isn't requiring students to get COVID-19 vaccines in order to return to campus in the fall, at least not yet.

“At this time, we are not mandating vaccines for our students. We've been very encouraged by some surveys we've sent out to students, by the numbers we're seeing from the state and the county,” university spokesperson Emily Guerrant said. “And we would rather see people getting it on their own versus a requirement.”

Guerrant says the university still hopes that students and faculty will go out to get their vaccines to push the state towards herd immunity.

“We're saying please, please get the vaccine because the more people that get the vaccine, the higher the likelihood that all the normal or typical things that we like to do on campus can return and come back and to hit those state thresholds,” Guerrant said.

The university still hasn't made a final decision on mandating vaccinations, spokesman Dan Olsen said

"The university will continue to monitor vaccination rates throughout the state and adjust our fall plans as necessary to best protect the health and safety of our campus community and our neighbors," Olsen said in an email.

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