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Ohio, Miami Universities to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for students, staff and faculty

Ohio and Miami Universities are requiring COVID-19 vaccines for students, faculty, and staff.
Ohio and Miami Universities are requiring COVID-19 vaccines for students, faculty, and staff.(WTOC)
Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 12:19 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 31, 2021 at 2:32 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Ohio and Miami universities announced Tuesday that they will require all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless otherwise exempt.

The announcement comes after the Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer vaccine on Aug. 23.

President of Ohio University Dr. Hugh Sherman says all students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 15, unless exempt. This also applies to employees working remotely. Students enrolled fully online who do not have to access campus facilities in person are exempt.

“All students must be vaccinated or granted an exemption in order to participate in any spring semester in-person activities, including face-to-face instruction and residence life, at any location,” Dr. Sherman said.

Students, faculty and staff can apply for an exemption for “medical reasons or for reasons of conscience, including ethical and moral belief or sincerely held religious beliefs,” he said.

  • Clinics are available on the Athens campus and many of Ohio University’s regional campuses.
  • Schedule a vaccine anywhere in Ohio online or by phone (1-833-427-5634).

Miami University President Gregory P. Crawford says all full-time and part-time students, faculty, and staff on campus or university-owned property must have started the vaccination process by Oct. 25.

The full dose must be complete by Nov. 22.

“We strongly urge all members of our community to start the vaccination or exemption process as soon as possible,” Crawford said. “The delta variant has shown to be particularly contagious and dangerous for those who are unvaccinated; this is not the time to wait for a deadline to act.”

Crawford says that exemptions may be granted for the following reasons:

  • Medical with documentation; or
  • Sincerely held religious beliefs, practices or observances, or reasons of conscience, including philosophical and ethical beliefs

Anyone who is pregnant or nursing or has had COVID-19 in the 90 days before Oct. 25 can get a deferral.

The exemption form must be submitted by Oct. 15.

Other universities like Xavier and Ohio State are also enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have taken the steps necessary to protect our community. Please help keep our campus healthy by obtaining your vaccine as soon as possible. Our masking policy and testing protocols remain in place. It is up to each of us to protect the health of all of us,” Crawford said.

Officials say that anyone within the Miami community can get free vaccines.

The Armstrong Student Center COVID-19 drop-in vaccination clinic is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

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