WSU to drop personal, philosophical exemption as Pfizer vaccine gains full FDA approval

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University will no longer offer staff and students the ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption from getting the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Earlier this month, the university announced it would discontinue the exemptions once the US Food and Drug Administration granted approval to any of the three vaccines under emergency use authorization. 

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Courses start Monday in Pullman and all staff and students are required to be vaccinated.

Members of the WSU community can request a religious exemption, but the deadline for students to comply is September 10. 

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