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Can colleges require the COVID-19 vaccine? They probably will for 2021-22 academic year

Will colleges and universities be able to require students and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine before returning?

While that’s not an immediate concern, as New York State has only begun the vaccine rollout process, some wonder if that could be a requirement for the 2021-22 school year.


At this point, experts say the answer is likely ‘yes’. Colleges and universities are given the ability to set the rules for their campus.

There were significant outbreaks of COVID-19 on college campuses across New York. Some were higher profile than others. Even though college students are not typically high-risk – staff at many institutions would fall into that category.

A judge in California recently allowed the state university system there to mandate the traditional flu shot. Many believe that’s a decision that could be referenced in future COVID vaccine-related decisions.



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