About Face? EWU Will Now Require Vaccines for Campus, Class
Apparently, they've decided to switch course.
Back on May7th, we reported EWU would NOT be requiring students to be vaccinated to attend classes or live on campus at the school in Cheney.
Now, that's been reversed. Interim President David May announced this Thursday, not quite a month after issuing a previous statement saying students would NOT be required to get the vaccine.
EWU had been one of only a handful of schools that at time were not making the vaccine requirement. Those who are include UW, WSU, PLU, CWU, Western WA U and others.
According to reports, May said this new decision was made after consulting with the American College Health Association, and other health authorities.
Besides telling students in his earlier letter in May that EWU would not make it a requirement, his previous statement has said this in part:
"Eastern’s leadership team is considering easing some restrictions for students who are vaccinated and there may be areas of campus and some activities where a vaccination requirement is implemented."
Now, it appears the list of schools where students who are not vaccinated may attend is shrinking.
WA State House Rep Jim Walsh (R-Aberdeen) has several times posted on his social media pages, including Facebook, that he is doubtful these public universities will be able to legally mandate that every student be forced to get a vaccination to attend.
As for the private schools, that could be a different matter. We will continue to monitor this situation.
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