Evergreen State College to require students and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Evergreen State College announced Thursday that it will require students, staff and faculty to show proof of vaccination for the fall quarter.

“Requiring vaccinations will enable us to provide even richer in-person educational experiences for our students in the fall,” said Evergreen President George Bridges.

The college is following other colleges like Washington State University and Western Washington University that will also require students who come on campus to be vaccinated.

The college stated it wants to ensure everyone’s safety for the 2021-22 school year, which begins Sept. 27.

And those who cannot get the vaccine for medical, religious or personal reasons “will be afforded the opportunity to apply for an exemption to the requirement.”

Pacific Lutheran University recently announced students will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine to return to in-person learning and campus for 2021′s fall semester.

The school noted the policy is similar to the requirement that students be vaccinated from measles, mumps and more.