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Indiana University To Require Vaccinations For Fall Semester

Mary Meehan
Ohio Valley Resource

  Indiana University has announced that students, faculty and staff will have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus by the start of the fall semester.

Meanwhile, none of Kentucky’s public universities are requiring people to get vaccinated to return to campus, though they are strongly encouraging it.

IU officials say students and others should try to get the first dose of the vaccine by July 1 in order to meet the requirement by the start of class on Aug, 23.

IU President Michael McRobbie says the university plans to have an in-person fall semester with “mostly normal operations.”

“Requiring the COVID-19 vaccine among our students, faculty and staff continues to extend the university’s comprehensive and thoughtful approach to managing and mitigating the pandemic on our campuses and brings us one step closer to making a ‘return to normal’ a reality,” McRobbie said in a statement.

In a news release, IU officials said the vaccine requirement will allow the university to lift most masking and social distancing requirements. 

Working remotely will not excuse students, faculty and staff from getting the vaccine, according to a news release.

People will be able to apply for an exemption to the requirement for medical or “significant” religious reasons.

Students can have their class registrations canceled and faculty and staff can be fired if they don’t meet the requirement.

In Kentucky, no public university has created a vaccine requirement, but some school officials have said they are still evaluating whether to do so.

Jon Klein, vice dean for research at University of Louisville School of Medicine, Tweeted that he hoped his university would follow IU’s example.

Ryland Barton is the Managing Editor for Collaboratives for Kentucky Public Radio, a group of public radio stations including WKMS, WFPL in Louisville, WEKU in Richmond and WKYU in Bowling Green. A native of Lexington, Ryland most recently served as the Capitol Reporter for Kentucky Public Radio. He has covered politics and state government for NPR member stations KWBU in Waco and KUT in Austin.
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