Unlike some other colleges, Michigan State University hasn’t mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for those on campus going into the 2021-22 school year. But students on Thursday did receive a “mandatory COVID-19 vaccine survey” in their email.
“To help us prepare for the fall, we are requiring all students to fill out a brief survey on whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19,” President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. wrote. “This information will be essential for our planning and to inform the public health decisions we need to make as we approach the fall semester. For example, if the prevalence of the virus and/or hospitalizations increases in our community, we may have to require masks indoors or participation in the Early Detection Program for those who are unvaccinated. A higher vaccination rate in our community would make it less likely we would need to re-implement any safety measures.”
“Science shows us that a high vaccination rate is our surest way to mitigate the spread of the virus and variants,” Stanley wrote. “We continue to encourage and emphasize the importance of vaccinations for all who are medically able.”