PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for the 2021-2022 academic year for all students engaging in activities at a WSU campus or location. It also intends to extend the requirement to all employees and volunteers engaging in activities on a WSU worksite.

Exemptions will be allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons.

“As the state’s land-grant university, WSU has an obligation to serve the public good and promote the health and safety of the communities it serves,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz. “The COVID-19 vaccine, now widely available, has been shown to nearly eliminate the chances of death or serious illness related to a COVID-19 infection and is a critical element in protecting public health locally and worldwide.”

Students, employees and volunteers with approved exemptions may be required to participate in regular COVID-19 testing and/or other COVID-19 public health measures.

The full statement, including key dates and other details, can be viewed online.

Media contact:

Phil Weiler, vice president for marketing and communications, 509-595-1708, phil.weiler@wsu.edu