UC lifts COVID-19 vaccine requirement, joins small list of US colleges ending mandates
UC lifts COVID-19 vaccine requirement, joins small list of US colleges ending mandates

UC lifts COVID-19 vaccine requirement, joins small list of US colleges ending mandates

CINCINNATI (Cincinnati Enquirer) – The University of Cincinnati is dropping its COVID-19 vaccine mandate this summer, officials said Thursday.

The university’s mask requirement was lifted last month.

Few other universities across the country have reversed their COVID-19 vaccine requirements, which were largely implemented in the fall of 2021. At many schools, including UC, enrollment in the spring class was conditional on receiving the vaccine.

But last month The University of Hawaii suspended its mandatory vaccination policies indefinitely, including regular testing for unvaccinated students and staff. Face masks are still required indoors in classrooms and shared labs.

Several public colleges in Virginia, including Virginia Tech and George Mason Universityrevoked their COVID-19 vaccination claim after state Attorney Jason Miyares issued a legal opinion stating that state public universities could not require COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of admission or participation. Both universities still “strongly” urge everyone to be fully vaccinated, including getting a booster shot.

It is unclear what prompted UC to change its vaccination policy. Policy compliance rates were about 95% for staff and 97% for students, and about 90% of students and staff on campus are vaccinated, officials said.

A student lawsuit against the university for its vaccination mandate, filed in December, is still pending in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. The university applied to dismiss the case, which the students were against. A hearing is scheduled for May 15 for Judge Leslie Ghiz.

When will the University of Cincinnati’s vaccine requirements end?

The university’s updated COVID-19 guidelines begin with the summer semester 2022, reads a letter to the faculty and staff. The protocol can be changed at any time as the university continues to consult with medical and public health experts.

The university still “strongly” recommends that faculty, staff and students get the shot, especially students living in housing on campus. Vaccination appointments are available on and off campus.

“As a reminder, members of our community can choose to continue wearing face masks, and we encourage everyone to support and respect those who choose to do so,” the statement said.

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