Aug 24, 2021 - Health

Ohio State University to mandate vaccines for students and staff

Incoming students begin moving in on the OSU campus on August 13, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio.

An Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: Matthew Hatcher/Getty

Ohio State University will require all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the fall semester, the institution announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: OSU, with some 66,000 students and 30,000 staff, is one of the first large state universities to impose such a widespread vaccine mandate that isn't just for students, the New York Times notes.

What they're saying: "The university is taking this step because vaccines are the safest and most effective form of protection against COVID-19," university president Kristina Johnson said in a statement.

  • "This step will increase our ability to support our students in continuing their educational experiences as well as help protect our current and the state’s future workforce."

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