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    Oakland University to mandate COVID-19 vaccine for students, staff

    Oakland University announced Monday that it will require all students, faculty and staff to get a COVID-19 vaccine, pivoting from its previous policy that only students living in dormitories had to be vaccinated.

    “In light of the fact that COVID-19 infection rates are rising rapidly across the country and that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted full approval for the Pfizer vaccine, we have decided to expand the university’s existing vaccination mandate for resident students,” OU President Ora Pescovitz wrote in a letter to the campus community.

    “We have been tracking the dramatic increase in the number of cases, as well as the more infectious nature of the delta strain of the virus. Alarmingly, the 7-day average of cases nationwide has increased 14% to 133,056. From July 28 to Aug. 18, Michigan’s positivity rate increased from 4.74% to 8.74%,” Pescovitz added.

    The move makes OU the seventh public university in Michigan to require its entire community to get a vaccine. Also mandating vaccines are Michigan State, Wayne State, Grand Valley State universities and the University of Michigan’s campuses in Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint.

    OU became the first public university to require the vaccine for some students when it announced in April that those living in dorms would need to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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