NMSU students must have COVID-19 vaccine or be discharged
NMSU students must have COVID-19 vaccine or be discharged

NMSU students must have COVID-19 vaccine or be discharged

LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) – Students from New Mexico State University will receive the COVID-19 vaccine or is facing resignation from the university.

An engineering student who says she is set to graduate in the spring of 2023 says she does not want to get the vaccine, so unless she can get a dispensation, she will not get her degree from NMSU.

“I would love to stay and continue my education and finish as I had planned, but if I have to, I think I’ll have to look at the possibilities,” said Kimberly Vasquez, an NMSU engineer.

Vasquez added that she had already dropped out of her job on campus as the NMSU faculty was already required to get the COVID-19 vaccine back in January. While no longer employed by the university, she hoped to complete her bachelor’s degree.

“You’ve put so many years here and money and work to go to college, and now you know it’s just an ultimatum.”

NMSU notified students of the claim Monday.

“We do not want to lose our students, our students are the reason we are here, but we want them to be safe,” said Jon Webster, the special assistant to the vice chancellor and COVID-19 project manager.

Civil servant students enrolled in classes that will be on campus for any reason must be vaccinated by July 1st. While August 1 is the deadline for the incoming new and / or transfer students.

“They have the option of a medical or religious exemption, but they must have one of these exceptions approved if they choose not to vaccinate, they face resignation because this is our long-term plan to keep our community, students, faculty and staff as safely as possible, ”said Webster.

Webster says that currently, 91 percent of NMSU students on campus are already vaccinated, with either two doses of two-dose vaccines or one dose of Johnson and Johnson.

One of the students is the beginner, says Isabella Ross, who says she has already been vaccinated. KTSM 9 News asked Ross what she thought about students now needing the vaccine.

“There is always online school as an option, I think security is our top priority, but at the same time I feel like we have struggled with this for so long and now we do not even have our mask mandate.

NMSU has offered weekly tests for the students who were not vaccinated, but says the test is time consuming and that there is uncertainty about how much longer these tests will be free. The weekly test on campus ends on May 5th.

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