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Breaking: UMN to require COVID-19 vaccine upon full FDA approval

The FDA is anticipated to formally approve multiple COVID-19 vaccines in the coming weeks, according to University President Joan Gabel.
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The University of Minnesota announced Monday plans to require the COVID-19 vaccine for its campus community upon formal approval of the shots by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The announcement comes one week after the University reinstated a campus-wide mask mandate.

Upon formal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of any COVID-19 vaccine (anticipated in the coming weeks), the University will add the COVID-19 vaccine to those immunizations already required for students, with appropriate exemptions,” University President Joan Gabel said in an email to the campus community. 

Minnesota law currently requires all students attending a college in the state and born after 1956 to be vaccinated against tetanus, measles, mumps and rubella. 

“With the comfort associated with FDA approval, we will join a growing list of public colleges and universities across the country that are taking a similar approach, including, but not limited to, Michigan State University, Purdue University, the University of Florida, and many of the nation’s leading private colleges, including many in Minnesota,” Gabel said.

Details regarding how to report vaccinations and consequences from non-compliance are forthcoming, Gabel added.

She also encouraged those with questions to attend an upcoming virtual town hall with herself and other University leaders on Aug. 18.

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  • Ms. Lorna
    Aug 13, 2021 at 1:57 am

    Perhaps you should listen to doctors such as Lee Merritt or Christiane Northrup. You may die of septic shock or a heart attack when you are re-exposed to the Wu flu. I mean, that’s why coronavirus shots have never passed animal testing…..the cats and ferrets all died. And you probably DID catch Wu flu and were never symptomatic. We passed herd immunity months ago. And it’s really not a nasty flu. take it from me…..some HCQ as soon as you feel sick and you’re fine in a day or two. We’ve always had the cure.

  • Rusty
    Aug 12, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    The Nazi in Germany did the same, forced medicine.

  • A Gopher
    Aug 10, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    It seems a largely semantic hurdle. Yet, there are many claiming that this magical approval will give them the confidence to finally get the jab. I was vaccinated in November with AstraZeneca and since it was a trial and didn’t know for certain I got the Pfizer in March. I’m totally fine and never got Covid, why so many would risk catching such a nasty bug just to send the rest of us “sheeple” a message truly is a disappointing. When it comes to even larger existential questions like climate change, diversity collapse, or any other amorphous threats I think we will only truly advance one coffin at a time.

  • Laker2000
    Aug 9, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    Finally! Why wait for FDA approval? Are you telling me that after 70% of the population is vaccinated the FDA will not approve it?