In an email to the LSU community, LSU President William Tate announced that 82% of students and 72% of faculty and staff were vaccinated against Covid-19 as of Wednesday.
“These numbers are no less than incredible,” Tate said, “especially in a state where less than half of the residents are vaccinated.” Forty-three percent of Louisiana residents are fully vaccinated, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Tate said that almost all of LSU students have reported their vaccination status. Unvaccinated students undergo monthly testing starting this week, and LSU’s overall positivity rate is about 4%, which is much lower than the surrounding Baton Rouge community, according to the email.
LSU is also continuing its testing of wastewater from residence halls and will test students who live in dorms that indicate a presence of the virus.
The president also highlighted that LSU was one of few universities that required proof of vaccination or a negative test to attend Saturday’s game in Tiger Stadium. He hopes to continue to work with LSU Athletics to minimize any issues that may have arisen at the first home game.
The full message can be seen here.
For an update on COVID protocols from President Tate, click here.