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Utah Valley University latest to require COVID-19 vaccine for students

Aug 30, 2021, 12:55 PM

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A statue of Utah Valley University's Wolverine mascot wears a mask on the campus in Orem on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. The school announced Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 it would require students to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

OREM, Utah — Utah Valley University became the latest Utah college to require students obtain a COVID-19 vaccine to stay on campus, the school announced Monday. 

So far, in addition to UVU, Utah State University, Weber State University, and the University of Utah have all announced plans to require the vaccine for students. The University of Utah said it would announce more details this week

UVU President Astrid Tuminez says in a letter that the decision came after speaking with local leaders and healthcare professionals. She also says interest seems to be high on campus, with a steady flow of students coming in for free vaccination clinics. 

In addition to the vaccine requirement, UVU encourages students and staff to wear masks on campus, Tuminez said. 

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How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus spreads person to person, similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others per CDC recommendations.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet).
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities).
  • Obtain a flu shot.
  • Seek out the COVID-19 vaccine.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A 

Utah’s Coronavirus Information 

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States

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