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University of Portland, Willamette University to require COVID-19 vaccinations

More than 100 colleges and universities in the U.S. have reportedly announced vaccination requirements for students and/or employees.

PORTLAND, Ore. — University of Portland officials announced on Tuesday that the school will require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff when the fall semester starts.

The Catholic university said in a news release that employees must provide proof of vaccination by Aug. 1 and students must provide proof by Sept. 1.

The news release says more than 100 colleges and universities nationally have announced vaccination requirements for students and/or employees, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“As we have stated from the start of the pandemic, the health and well-being of (University of Portland) community members must be our collective priority,” wrote University President Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., in a memo also signed by other University leaders. “The vaccination requirement we announce today is just the latest step we must take on our journey to keep one another safe and return to the cherished in-person campus community that is so essential to our mission.”

Willamette University in Salem is requiring all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend or be employed by Willamette beginning this fall, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Lewis & Clark College officials said last week that school would require vaccinations for students and urged faculty and staff to get vaccinated.