With the recent broadening of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, some students may be wondering if the vaccine could become a requirement at LSU. While there are no plans in the works to make the COVID-19 vaccine a requirement, LSU administrators are encouraging faculty, staff and students to get the vaccine in order for campus life to return to normal this fall.

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With the recent broadening of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, some students may be wondering if the vaccine could become a requirement at LSU. 

Currently, the list of mandated immunizations for students includes measles, mumps, rubella and tetanus-diphtheria. Historically, LSU-mandated vaccines have come as a result of state and federal legislation.

A recent survey on campus found that only 32% of students would support a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students.

While there are no plans in the works to make the COVID-19 vaccine a requirement, LSU administrators are encouraging faculty, staff and students to get the vaccine in order for campus life to return to normal this fall.

The university has hosted multiple on-campus vaccination events in the past and plans to host more before the end of the semester. LSU has sent information about registration for these events via email to all students. 

The Director of Operations at the Student Health Center, Julie Hupperich, encourages students to get the vaccine before leaving campus for the summer to avoid potential exposure or spreading of the virus in their hometowns.

“I do know that we're strongly encouraging students to get it prior to coming to school this fall because I think everyone has a shared goal of getting students back on campus, back in some of their social events and back in their classrooms," Hupperich said. "One of the ways we can achieve that is by getting more people vaccinated.”

Students and faculty members that are fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine if they are exposed to the virus, unless they become symptomatic. Hupperich hopes that this will serve as another motivator for students to receive the vaccine. 

For students interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, LSU is hosting its third vaccination event this Thursday, April 1st, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Tiger Stadium. Click here to register.