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USI to Encourage, Not Require COVID Vaccinations

The University of Southern Indiana will not enforce a vaccination requirement policy for students to be enrolled in the fall semester.

Posted: May 26, 2021 6:30 PM
Updated: May 27, 2021 1:25 PM

Several state legislators and the Indiana attorney general are asking Indiana University to reverse its decision to require all students and staff members to be vaccinated before the fall semester. The decision is affecting the state's other colleges and universities as they make their own stance for the upcoming semester. 

Meanwhile, the University of Southern Indiana is taking a softer approach. The Evansville-area school released its guidance in light of the controversy surrounding the vaccination requirement at other universities.

USI's media relations specialist Ben Luttrull released the following statement to 44News:

"The University of Southern Indiana currently strongly encourages, but is not mandating, all members of our community, employees and students, be vaccinated against COVID-19. We will continue to monitor and evaluate local, state and federal safety guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic."

Students and faculty can find more information on how to get their free Pfizer vaccine throughout the summer on USI's website.

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