OSU plans to require COVID-19 vaccination this fall

Here's what to know about the university's plans.

Posted: May 4, 2021 5:52 PM
Updated: May 4, 2021 5:58 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. – If you are a student or employee at Oregon State University, you might soon be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The university announced Tuesday it is planning to require vaccinations starting this fall for students and employees who are on-site. This comes a week after the university’s prior announcement that a requirement was a possibility.


“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 Interim President Becky Johnson, who stepped into her new role this month.

Students enrolled in solely online classes and who do not come to campus locations will not be required to be vaccinated, but the university added even these members of the OSU community are encouraged to line up for their shot.

University officials said their plans are informed by state and federal guidance, advice from public health experts and more. The first steps in implementing the vaccination program are underway.

A vaccination mandate must allow for legally-required exemptions.

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