94% of Virginia Tech students fully vaccinated ahead of fall semester’s start


BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Students began officially moving into dorms on Virginia Tech’s campus this past weekend. As students slowly return, campus leaders announced on Monday that 94 percent of students are fully vaccinated. In total, that is about 34,000 Hokies.

Mark Owczarski, Associate Vice President of University Relations, says the school can now slowly return to some sense of normalcy.

To receive accurate data on students’ vaccination status, Owczarski says the school asked all students to upload their vaccination cards to a portal. From there, the school tracked the total number of vaccinated students, thus updating the online vaccination dashboard.

“Our students have really risen to the occasion. They have received their vaccines and done the necessary work to get them. It will make Virginia Tech safer and close to a normal fall as possible,” said Owczarski.

During the month of June, Virginia Tech mandated that all students needed to get one of the three vaccinations, before returning to campus.

Faculty and staff had the option to get vaccinated. However, if they chose not to get vaccinated, they would need to receive weekly COVID-19 tests.

Owczarski says that 81 percent of faculty and staff are vaccinated, while those who are not vaccinated are citing religious or medical reasons.

“Employees, like our students, are well above the Virginia rates, and are really doing what they need to do to contribute to community health,” said Owczarski.

He says the ultimate goal is to slowly put the pandemic in the rearview mirror and return to the schooling, and activities that students and staff loved the most.

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