Colorado State University will require all faculty, staff and students to have a COVID-19 vaccine for the fall semester at its Fort Collins and Pueblo campuses.
“This action is in accord with our belief that the science around COVID-19 and the vaccines is clear and compelling, and it is in line with other typical, existing vaccine requirements for students on our campuses,” CSU said in a press release.
The CSU System is joining other Colorado universities, including the University of Colorado system, University of Northern Colorado, Metropolitan State University of Denver and Fort Lewis College, in its decision to require vaccines.
CSU officials hope vaccination will allow them to achieve their “goal of returning to in-person learning as soon as possible — and to the fullest extent possible,” while following public health guidelines.
The decision will be made final by the Board of Governors next week and is contingent on “full approval of one or more vaccines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”
Exemptions for vaccines that are currently allowed under state and federal law will be available to CSU students and staff.
This developing story will be updated as additional details become available.
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