South Florida University to Require COVID-19 Vaccine in Fall

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A technician prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccine at the newly-opened drive up site at the Wal-Mart store in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The site is part of the company's initiative to vaccinate underserved communities considered vulnerable to COVID. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A private university in South Florida will require students and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 when they return to campus in the fall.

Vaccinations are mandatory by Aug. 1, Nova Southeastern University said in an email announcing a Friday morning news conference.

“As the state, nation and world begins to emerge from the months-long changes to our lives brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Nova Southeastern University is pleased to announce that it intends to resume full, in-person classroom learning for on-ground courses for the fall 2021 semester,” the release said.

The university has 6,314 undergraduate students and 14,574 advanced degree students at its main campus in Davie, and across campuses in the South Florida region: Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens and Tampa, as well as Puerto Rico.

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