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Colleges and universities across the U.S. are stating they will require students to be vaccinated prior to returning to campus in the fall. Some of these colleges include Duke, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Brown, Cornell, and Northeastern. Other schools have not announced a requirement, but are strongly suggesting or offering incentives to get vaccinated by forcing students who do not receive the vaccine to continue to wear a mask. A key argument against vaccine requirements is the lack of FDA approval.  Most Americans don’t realize it but they have only been approved under emergency use. Virginia Tech officials, among other colleges, have determined they cannot legally require vaccinations due to the vaccines being administered under emergency use.

All three regent universities in Iowa have assured legislators that they will not be requiring vaccines to return to campus in the fall. Students attending Iowa regent universities will have the ability to choose if they want to receive the vaccine or not.

Author: Norlin Mommsen