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.

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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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