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CSU System to require student, faculty vaccinations for fall

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(Graphic Illustration by Malia Berry | The Collegian)

Colorado State University System Chancellor Tony Frank announced CSU’s Fort Collins and Pueblo campuses will require COVID-19 vaccinations for students, faculty and staff for the fall 2021 semester.

According to the press release from Wednesday afternoon, the requirement is conditional and will depend on the United States Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of at least one vaccine.

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Currently, the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines available in the U.S. have emergency authorization from the FDA, but none have full approval, which requires further testing and studies.

The CSU System said the decision is not finalized and will be discussed further at the CSU System Board of Governors meeting May 6. At that time, the Fort Collins and Pueblo campuses will provide more information on what this requirement looks like for students, faculty and staff, the release said. 

“This action is in accord with our belief that the science around COVID-19 and the vaccines is clear and compelling, and it is in line with other typical, existing vaccine requirements for students on our campuses,” the press release said.

Anyone who meets the vaccine exemption standards required by state and federal law will also be exempt from CSU’s requirement, according to the release. 

“We believe it is also in keeping with the best guidance received from federal, state and local public health authorities and supports our goal of returning to in-person learning as soon as possible — and to the fullest extent possible — under public health guidelines,” the press release said.

Serena Bettis can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @serenaroseb.

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Serena Bettis
Serena Bettis, Editor in Chief
Serena Bettis is your 2022-23 editor in chief and is in her final year studying journalism and political science. In her three years at The Collegian, Bettis has also been a news reporter, copy editor, news editor and content managing editor, and she occasionally takes photos, too. When Bettis was 5, her family moved from Iowa to a tiny town northwest of Fort Collins called Livermore, Colorado, before eventually moving to Fort Collins proper. When she was 8 years old, her dad enrolled at Colorado State University as a nontraditional student veteran, where he found his life's passion in photojournalism. Although Bettis' own passion for journalism did not stem directly from her dad, his time at CSU and with The Collegian gave her the motivation to bite down on her fear of talking to strangers and find The Collegian newsroom on the second day of classes in 2019. She's never looked back since. Considering that aforementioned fear, Bettis is constantly surprised to be where she is today. However, thanks to the supportive learning environment at The Collegian and inspiring peers, Bettis has not stopped chasing her teenage dream of being a professional journalist. Between working with her section editors, coordinating news stories between Rocky Mountain Student Media departments and coaching new reporters, Bettis gets to live that dream every day. When she's not in the newsroom or almost falling asleep in class, you can find Bettis working in the Durrell Marketplace and Café or outside gazing at the beauty that is our campus (and running inside when bees are nearby). This year, Bettis' goals for The Collegian include continuing its trajectory as a unique alt-weekly newspaper, documenting the institutional memory of the paper to benefit students in years to come and fostering a sense of community and growth both inside the newsroom and through The Collegian's published work. Bettis would like to encourage anyone with story ideas, suggestions, questions, concerns or comments to reach out to her at editor@collegian.com.

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