Ohio State Mandates Covid Vaccine for Students and Employees

Ohio State University introduced on Tuesday that every one college students, school and employees could be required to be vaccinated towards Covid-19 in the course of the fall semester, turning into one of many first giant state universities to challenge a vaccine mandate that extends past college students.

“The university is taking this step because vaccines are the safest and most effective form of protection against Covid-19,” Kristina M. Johnson, the president of the college, stated in a press release on Tuesday. “This step will increase our ability to support our students in continuing their educational experiences as well as help protect our current and the state’s future work force.”

The resolution from the college, which has greater than 66,000 college students and 30,000 workers, comes after the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine for these 16 and older. That’s given colleges and corporations room to announce related mandates.

Louisiana State University stated on Tuesday that every one its college students must both submit proof of vaccination or “be tested for Covid on a regular basis.” The University of Minnesota additionally issued a mandate for college students to be vaccinated following the F.D.A.’s approval. And in New York, all in-person college students within the state and metropolis college techniques are required to be vaccinated.

Staff, school and college students at Ohio State University have till Oct. 15 to obtain their first dose and till Nov. 15 for their second, Ms. Johnson stated. More than 73 p.c of the college’s group has obtained at the least one shot, she added.

“A limited set of exemptions will be approved on a case-by-case basis,” Ms. Johnson stated, including that the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, in addition to others authorized by the World Health Organization, would additionally meet the college’s vaccine requirement.

WBNS 10 reported that lots of of individuals went to the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday to voice help for a Republican-backed invoice that will prohibit employers from requiring employees to be vaccinated.