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LSU considering COVID vaccination requirement for the fall semester

9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago Tuesday, January 05 2021 Jan 5, 2021 January 05, 2021 10:00 PM January 05, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - An LSU spokesperson says the university is weighing the possibility of requiring all students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

The proposed measure emerged after officials met Tuesday morning to discuss the spring semester's COVID-19 testing plan, which would will be similar to last year's but with more options.

Though LSU already requires some vaccines, like a meningitis booster for incoming students, officials have yet to decide if COVID will be added to the list of required immunizations.

“I personally have no problem. I’ll get the vaccine. I have no problem with it,” said graduate student Zakary McDonald. “I guess it’s just up for the course of debate.”

Others aren’t as open to the idea.

“I feel like it’s not necessary. I don’t think its necessary. As long as we keep our masks on and stay six feet, we won’t get it,” student Damarcus Fleming said.

In any case, the potential COVID vaccine requirement is a controversial topic.

“You gotta imagine that people are going to push back on it. I won’t be one of those people,” said McDonald.

“People are going to be upset. It’s not necessary,” Fleming said.

According to the state's current vaccination plan, college students will be one of the last groups in the population to receive the inoculation. Should LSU make it a requirement, the mandate would be unlikely to go in effect until the fall semester.

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