University of Oregon, Western Oregon to require vaccine


FILE – In this Oct. 8, 2016, file photo, Autzen Stadium is shown as Oregon plays Washington in an NCAA college football game in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Thomas Boyd, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Western Oregon University and University of Oregon both announced plans to require the COVID-19 vaccines for students this fall.

A growing list of higher education institutions are requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for students and employees for the upcoming fall term.

“The requirement will help us to reach the highest level of protection possible, reduce infections and protect the health and safety of our university community and the communities we serve. Individuals will be able to request exemptions for medical and non-medical reasons,” University of Oregon said in a tweet.

Vaccinations will be required for students and employees who either study or work in person at the university’s Monmouth or Salem campuses for the fall term, WOU officials announced during a virtual session on Monday.

During the virtual meeting, officials said the university is still refining the plan with university stakeholders, including student and faculty organizations, and is incentivizing students with a program that gives students $25 to be used at the student bookstore in addition to providing vaccinations at the university.

“We know our students and employees miss the vibrance of in-person campus life, and we want to return to that while also supporting the overall safety of our communities. Vaccination is an important step toward pack immunity so our Wolves can be together again,” WOU WOU President Rex Fuller said in a statement. “In the meantime, we’ve been doing everything we can during spring term to make vaccines accessible to members of our campus community.”

COVID-19 vaccination requirements for the fall term have been announced for Oregon State University and Portland State University, in addition to other Portland area higher education institutions.

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