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University of Oregon will require COVID-19 vaccinations on campus in the fall

University of Oregon joins a growing list of colleges, both within the state and nationally, in requiring that students and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 before coming on campus.

Posted: May 10, 2021 5:41 PM
Updated: May 10, 2021 5:45 PM

EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon will require that students and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 before coming on campus for the fall term, administrators announced Monday. UO joins a growing list of Oregon colleges with a similar requirement, including Oregon State University, Portland State University, and Western Oregon University.

"The requirement will help us to reach the highest level of protection possible, reduce infections and protect the health and safety of our university community and the communities we serve," UO said in a statement.

People will be able to request exemptions for both medical and non-medical reasons — including religious, philosophical, or other personal reasons.

The vaccination requirement applies to all students and employees who learn, work, or live on the UO campuses and property. They must be fully vaccinated before the fall 2021 academic term begins.

Administrators said that they consulted with experts and stakeholders before making the decision, basing it on data that shows the COVID-19 vaccine effectively eliminates the risk of death or serious illness from coronavirus in the vast majority of infections.

"This announcement today is designed to provide us with ample time to work with our stakeholders on important implementation details," said UO President Michael Schill. "As the policy is finalized we will provide additional information about how students and employees can confirm they have been vaccinated or request exemptions."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 206777

Reported Deaths: 2754
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Multnomah40354614
Washington26781248
Marion23425323
Clackamas18925235
Lane13896164
Jackson11535146
Deschutes1001582
Umatilla859387
Linn560380
Yamhill477879
Klamath477678
Polk399356
Douglas387982
Malheur361463
Josephine359872
Benton326422
Jefferson236839
Coos216637
Columbia191929
Union149824
Wasco144330
Lincoln143021
Crook129223
Hood River121933
Morrow115316
Clatsop10559
Baker101115
Curry70811
Tillamook6604
Grant5507
Lake4678
Harney4339
Wallowa1945
Gilliam801
Sherman671
Wheeler351
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Cases: 3808258

Reported Deaths: 63335
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San Bernardino2992894844
San Diego2817493771
Orange2729225112
Santa Clara1201102188
Kern1107821404
Sacramento1076381731
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Alameda895921273
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San Joaquin746861438
Contra Costa70561813
Stanislaus633871069
Tulare49814849
Monterey43831427
San Mateo42646581
San Francisco37256556
Santa Barbara34596455
Solano33707266
Merced32291478
Sonoma30868317
Imperial28813741
Placer23537299
Kings23189247
San Luis Obispo21421261
Madera16632245
Santa Cruz16235208
Marin14200230
Yolo14156212
Butte12659194
Shasta12630233
El Dorado10371116
Napa1002580
Sutter9656113
Yuba648551
San Benito610963
Lassen578424
Tehama573163
Nevada491075
Humboldt446348
Mendocino432150
Tuolumne420771
Amador373947
Lake356345
Glenn243427
Siskiyou239437
Colusa228418
Calaveras220156
Del Norte14568
Inyo143438
Mono12954
Plumas7366
Modoc5585
Mariposa4657
Trinity4225
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