Central Washington University will require COVID-19 vaccinations in the Fall

Central Washington University (CWU)

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Public and private universities from throughout Washington state are combatting the pandemic by requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for students in the upcoming Fall 2021 semester. The latest school to join this growing list is Central Washington University.

According to a release issued by Central Washington University (CWU), proof of vaccination will be required for in-person courses beginning later this year. For CWU President James L. Gaudino, requiring vaccines is the only way to safely resume in-person learning during the pandemic.

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“We’re taking this step because of the increasingly easy access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccinations,” Gaudino said. “The only way we can protect the health and safety of our university students, faculty, and staff is by mandating that everyone is vaccinated, which will help control the further spread of the virus.”

Gaudino made the announcement via a letter issued to the school community after consulting with local, state and national health leaders.

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“We have made obtaining a vaccination an urgent priority because we believe a fully vaccinated community is the best way to protect our individual and collective health and safety,” Gaudino said. “It is only through widespread vaccinations that Central can begin to loosen or remove restrictions that have impacted social and mental well-being, and increase access to a more complete in-person campus living and learning experience for more students.

Central Washington University is in the process of bargaining with professors and faculty of certain groups before requiring vaccinations for all employees.

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