Colorado’s major public universities will require COVID-19 vaccines for students, staff and faculty

Colorado’s major public universities will require their students, faculty and staff receive COVID-19 vaccinations before beginning the fall semester.

The University of Colorado system announced Wednesday afternoon that its four campuses would institute vaccine requirements alongside the Colorado State University system, the University of Northern Colorado and Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Fort Lewis College, the University of Denver and Colorado College previously announced students would need to be vaccinated this fall.

“We consulted with state and local health departments to inform this determination, as well as with the governor’s office and Colorado Department of Higher Education,” Ken McConnellogue, CU system spokesman, said in a statement. “The Department of Higher Education had encouraged this direction. The science around COVID-19 and vaccines is clear and compelling. Vaccines are good for public health, not only lowering rates of infection on our campuses, but also in the communities they call home. Vaccines will also allow on-campus students and faculty to resume their in-person experience that is critical to academic success and personal growth.”

Colorado state law long has mandated college students be vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella, with exemptions possible due to religion and medical conditions. McConnellogue said campuses will allow for COVID-19 vaccine exemptions, as well.

“Our institutions will communicate more detail to our respective campus communities in the days ahead,” McConnellogue said. “Other public institutions in Colorado are considering the issue and will communicate as necessary.”

The announcement came one day after Gov. Jared Polis publicly stated he supported higher education institutions requiring COVID-19 vaccines this fall.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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