Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021-05-04 18:30:28 –
Albuquerque, New Mexico (KRQE) – Students University of New Mexico May need to get COVID-19 vaccine If they want to return to campus this fall. The university has just announced a proposal to return to face-to-face learning.
Some students say they support mandatory vaccine policies because they want to have regular college experience. But they know that not everyone will participate. “I’m a junior, so next year will be last year, so this is my last chance to reach a regular college year,” says Gabriella O’Keefe.
O’Keefe says mandatory vaccine policies will allow her at UNM last year to make up for 2020. We will hold the event directly with 100% capacity, “says O’Keefe.
Currently, the university is considering essential vaccine policies for students and staff before returning to campus in the fall semester. “If the FDA lifts the emergency use authorization, we would like a vaccine policy,” said UNM spokesman Cinnamon Blair.
At over 100 US universities, students must be vaccinated before returning to campus. According to the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, only 31% of the state’s 18-24 year olds receive at least one dose, the lowest percentage of adults in New Mexico.
“Many of my friends see us as if we were healthy if we could get it and survive some sort of ideology,” said freshman Heather Ferrell. Says.
UNM believes that approximately 41% of students and staff have been vaccinated, at least partially, and hopes that returning students will increase in number as the fall semester approaches. “If some people are not vaccinated and their ability to return to their normal college experience and normal learning experience is limited,” O’Keefe says.
UNM is still gathering community opinion on vaccine requirements. If the policy comes into effect, they can give an exemption.New Mexico State University said it has not decided if a vaccine is needed
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