EWU will not require students to get vaccinated

CHENEY, Wash. — Eastern Washington University will not require students to get vaccinated to attend school. EWU is bucking the trend of other large universities in Washington —Washington State UniversityUniversity of Washington, Central Washington University and Western Washington University all require them.

“Throughout this pandemic, Eastern Washington University has prioritized health and safety, and has often been a leader among universities in adopting public health guidelines and recommendations. In the spirit of transparency, we know that the decision to get vaccinated is not one that we can make for you,” said EWU’s interim president David May. “There are good reasons, religious, medical, and philosophical, why someone may choose not to be vaccinated. And we have been clear that public health and safety is a responsibility that we all share and choosing to be vaccinated is how Eagles take care of one another and our broader community.”

Since the pandemic began, May noted EWU has moved classes online, cancelled in-person events, implemented mask requirements and physical distancing.

Getting the vaccine, May said, is “by far, the best way to assure more normal operations can be maintained.” But, he argued it should be everyone’s personal responsibility, not a rule.

“Your decision in this regard will impact the university’s ability to safely return to campus and to remain open through the fall,” said May.

You can read the full letter from May on the EWU website.


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