Pacific Lutheran to require mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations

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

PLU President Allan Belton sent an email to students outlining the plans.

Everything from classes, living on campus, activities and related services will all require students to be vaccinated beforehand.

PLU is confident that due to the increasing percentage of people who are getting vaccinated that the fall semester will be the closest students have been to daily life on campus since the pandemic began.

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The PLU vaccination policy will require all undergraduate and graduate students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with case-by-case exceptions allowed for medical or religious reasons.

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

PLU employees are not part of the requirements yet but are encouraged to get their shots at the earliest opportunity.

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