LSU’s board of directors on Friday approved a resolution asking the Louisiana Department of Health to add COVID-19 vaccines to the list of required vaccines for students before they can attend public schools, colleges and universities. universities, reports The Advocate.
The resolution recognizes concerns raised by students and faculty and also encourages voluntary vaccinations on LSU campuses. The council’s academic and research committee voted 4-3 to move the resolution forward, then discussed the matter later, adding wording that LSU would advise students of their legal rights to opt out of any vaccinations.
Board members ultimately approved resolution 9-2, with several supervisors not voting, reports The Advocate.
State law already requires that students be vaccinated against polio, smallpox and more before they are allowed to attend, but they can opt out for religious and medical reasons.
General Counsel Winston DeCuir told the LSU Board of Directors that because COVID-19 vaccines were only approved by the FDA in emergencies, they could not be unilaterally added to the required list as long as that they were not fully approved.
DeCuir also referred to House Bill 498, currently awaiting Gov. Edwards signature, which prohibits discrimination against those seeking public services based on COVID vaccination status, and House Resolution 20, requiring schools to inform parents and students about the Covid vaccine19.
73% of LSU faculty and 56% of staff have been vaccinated, according to LSU president Tom Galligan. 26% of students received the blow.
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