The university announced the obligation to vaccinate last August for the spring semester of 2022.
Vaccination rates among Utah State University students remained stable after returning to school and show little change from pre-break percentages.
Last August, the USU announced a vaccination request for the upcoming spring semester of 2022 and asked students to complete a vaccine statement that states vaccination, intent, or exemption. As the spring semester began on Monday, 24,518 students completed their statements, according to USU spokeswoman Emilie Wheeler. Of these students, 84% were fully vaccinated, but they lacked documentation or stated that they would be fully vaccinated by the beginning of the semester on January 10.
Wheeler said there were several students who could not schedule a second dose ahead of schedule because they feared their classes would be canceled.
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