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Michigan State University lifts COVID-19 vaccine mandate

February 28, 2023
<p>Trash at the COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic at the Breslin Center on Jan. 26, 2022. The gloves and wrappers demonstrate repetitiveness for the volunteers and workers at the clinic.</p>

Trash at the COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic at the Breslin Center on Jan. 26, 2022. The gloves and wrappers demonstrate repetitiveness for the volunteers and workers at the clinic.

MSU is lifting its COVID-19 vaccine mandate effective today, Feb. 28.

Deputy spokesperson Dan Olsen said MSU will still continue to encourage vaccinations, including COVID-19, because “all of these measures better protect health and well-being of our campus community.”

Olsen said the widespread protection of the individuals who have already been vaccinated, plus new boosters and treatment options, eliminated the need for a campus-wide mandate.

“Now, as both the virus and our understanding of it continues to evolve, there is widespread protection due to the number of individuals vaccinated,” university physician Michael Brown said in an email to the MSU community. “New vaccine boosters and treatment options are widely available, and we know better how to protect those most vulnerable.”

Brown said in an email that there may be limited situations where professional students and employees must be vaccinated because of certain hospital and health care facility requirements.

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