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DDN: Vaccines for students? Most colleges not requiring them, but strongly recommend the shots

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Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Many Ohio colleges and universities won’t require students to get COVID-19 vaccinations as they head back to campus this fall.

But southwest Ohio colleges and universities are encouraging students to get the vaccine, and several Ohio schools say their surveyed vaccination rates are close to or more than 70%.

Miami University, Wright State University, University of Dayton, Wittenberg University, Wilberforce University, Clark State College, Sinclair Community College and Ohio State University all said they currently plan on having some or most classes in-person. None of them plan on mandating vaccines for students.

Wright State administered a voluntary survey in the spring in which over 84% of students and employees that participated indicated that they had already been vaccinated or planned on getting vaccinated, said Seth Bauguess, a spokesman for Wright State.

UD set a goal in May of having 70% of students and staff fully vaccinated before the fall 2021 semester by July 1, which it has since met. UD is asking all employees and students to upload their vaccination record to the university’s confidential reporting portal to gauge the level of immunity on campus.

Ohio State said 71% of returning students and staff have reported being vaccinated, and Wittenberg said about 67% of returning students and staff have reported being vaccinated.