COVID-19

WMU will not require vaccines

While many colleges and universities plan to require vaccines in the fall, WMU will not.

Western Michigan University will not require its students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to return to campus in the fall. That comes despite a recent trend of colleges and universities announcing measures to require the vaccines.

In a statement to WWMT, WMU Spokesperson Paula Davis said the university is focused on encouraging vaccinations, not requiring them.

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“We understand that a few other institutions have announced plans to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for a subset of their students in the fall,” she said. “We don’t have plans to do so right now, but we continue to monitor what’s an evolving situation as it relates to the incidence of COVID-19 and the pace of vaccination across the state.”

According to a recent count by the Chronicle of Higher Education, 117 colleges, universities, and university systems are requiring vaccinations for some or all of their students. That includes the University of Michigan, which will mandate vaccines for all students living on campus in the fall.

Outbreaks of the coronavirus have been rampant on college campuses throughout the fall and spring waves of the pandemic. WMU has reported 311 new infections on its campus since students first returned to classes in early January.

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