WSU removing COVID-19 vaccine requirement for most students

Beginning with 2023 summer classes, Washington State University is removing the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for most students, according to the WSU Insider.

The decision comes after a recommendation from the university’s Infectious Disease and Public Health Advisory Committee, which includes college representatives across public health, student services, human resources and environmental health and safety.

According to WSU, mandating the continued boosting process for the COVID-19 vaccines pose significant challenges, which include maintaining students’ ages, existing health conditions, previous vaccines and past COVID-19 infections to determine which students should be boosted or not.

The committee also said the severity of COVID-19 infections and the strain on healthcare systems have continued to decrease.

In Oct. 2022, WSU lifted the vaccine requirement for most employees, contractors and volunteers after Gov. Jay Inslee rescinded the state’s COVID-19 emergency orders.

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