Ohio State University announced Tuesday that all students, faculty and staff must be vaccinated against Covid-19 during the fall semester, becoming one of the first major state universities to issue a vaccine mandate beyond just students.
“The university is taking this step because vaccines are the safest and most effective form of protection against Covid-19,” Kristina M. Johnson, the university’s president, said in a statement Tuesday. “This move will enhance our ability to support our students in continuing their educational experiences and to protect our current and future workforces.”
The decision by the university, which has more than 66,000 students and 30,000 employees, comes after the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine for ages 16 and older. This gives schools and companies the space to announce similar mandates.
Louisiana State University said on Tuesday that all of its students must either provide proof of vaccination or be “regularly tested for Covid.” The University of Minnesota also mandated to vaccinate students after FDA approval. And in New York, all personal students in the state and city universities must be vaccinated.
Ohio State University staff, faculty and students have until Oct. 15 to receive their first dose and Nov. 15 for their second, Ms. Johnson said. More than 73 percent of the university community has received at least one injection, she added.
“A limited set of waivers will be approved on a case-by-case basis,” Ms Johnson said, adding that Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, as well as others approved by the World Health Organization, would also meet the university’s requirements. vaccine requirement.
WBNS 10 reported that hundreds of people went to the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday to show their support for a Republican-backed bill that would ban employers from requiring employees to be vaccinated.