OSU Will Require Vaccines For All Students, Faculty, And Staff

Now that the FDA has given the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine full approval, businesses and colleges around the country have begun mandating vaccines.

Here in Columbus, the most notable addition to the vaccine requirement ranks is the Ohio State University. OSU made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon, officially requiring all students, staff, and faculty to be vaccinated.

“The university is taking this step because vaccines are the safest and most effective form of protection against COVID-19. We are focused on enhancing the health and safety of our community,” said OSU president Kristina M. Johnson, PhD in a letter. “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 workforce.”

More than 73% of the community at OSU has had at least one dose of the vaccine already and the university is making it easy for students, staff, and faculty to get vaccinated.

The vaccines are free and available at both Ohio State’s Columbus campus and at Wexner Medical Center locations around central Ohio. The deadline for COVID-19 vaccination set by the university is October 15 for the first dose and November 15 for the second.

Students who aren’t vaccinated will face consequences come spring semester, including being prevented from attending on-campus experiences, attending in-person classes, and living in residence halls.

For faculty and staff, those who are not in compliance won’t be able to log into OSU portals or have email access and will be subjected to further disciplinary action.

Exemptions from the vaccine requirements will be outlined soon.

“From the beginning of the pandemic, we have made data-driven, science-based decisions and followed the guidance of medical and public health professionals, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health partners, said Johnson in her letter. “The health and safety of our community is and always will be a top priority. Thank you for doing your part to protect our campus community.”

If you’d like to read Dr. Johnson’s letter in full, you can click here.

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