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NIU requiring students be vaccinated for the fall semester

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DEKALB, Ill. (WREX) — Northern Illinois University is the latest university to require students get the COVID-19 vaccine for the fall semester.

The school made the announcement on Wednesday.

The school says students can request exemption from the vaccine requirement for documented health or religious reasons.

Employees are encouraged to get vaccinated, but will not be required to get a vaccine, according to the school.

Additionally, while the three COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are under an FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) exemption, the school will allow students to request personal exemptions.

Students receiving the personal exemption will become subject to the vaccination requirement after the EUA designations convert to full FDA approval. Students who are not vaccinated will be required to undergo weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing and to wear face masks in shared indoor spaces on campus. 

Additionally, beginning in mid-August, all employees will be added to the weekly surveillance testing pool. Employees can be excused from testing if they have been fully vaccinated or if their supervisors and division leaders verify that those employees are working entirely remotely for the fall semester.

The school says they made the decision based off the science of vaccines and their effectiveness.

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