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Oregon State To Require COVID-19 Vaccines This Fall

Chris Lehman

Oregon State University is joining a growing list of colleges and universities that will require students and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The school announced Tuesday that the requirement will take effect beginning in the fall, and will extend to anyone who studies or works on-site at any OSU campus. The announcement was made by newly installed Interim President Becky Johnson.

“As we advance our plans to resume traditional on-site and in-person activities for the 2021-22 academic year, high rates of vaccination among our students, faculty and staff are needed to help improve the safety and well-being of our community,” said Johnson. “This vaccination requirement is intended for students and university employees so that we mutually contribute to the greatest level of population protection possible from COVID-19.”

More universities are announcing the vaccine requirement, including the University of Washington this week. Washington State University enacted the policy last month, effective with the fall term. As of Tuesday, the University of Oregon says on its website that the school "strongly encourages" students, faculty and staff to get the vaccine, but does not require it.

OSU has previously announced that most classes will be held in-person starting with the fall term. The school said it will updates its website with information about the requirement, including how to demonstrate compliance with it.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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