Washington State University announced Wednesday that all students, faculty, staff and volunteers must have proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of the fall semester.

Vice President for Marketing and Communications Phil Weiler advised that there are three types of exemptions available; medical, religious and personal.

"We want people to make a conscious choice and then act on that decision." explained Weiler, "Our hope is that they will choose to get vaccinated, but for those who choose not to, they need to go through the process, they need to receive that exemption and get that done before the start of the year."

All WSU Pullman students living in university-owned housing will need proof of vaccination by August 8th, with all other students requiring proof by November 1st. Students who fail to meet this requirement will be prevented from registering for spring semester courses and may face other restrictions. Proof of vaccination will not be required for those who's presence is not required on campus.

For school employees and volunteers, more information will be provided over the coming months.

WSU will accept proof of any vaccine approved in the United States.

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