Students petition to end Virginia Tech COVID-19 vaccine mandate


BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A group of Virginia Tech students has reportedly organized a petition calling on university officials to end a policy requiring students to be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 for the fall semester.

According to news outlet “The Center Square,” the petition was organized by the campus’ chapter of “Young Americans for Liberty.”

The online petition calls the vaccination mandate a violation of student rights, saying that the decision to receive a vaccine should be made between students, their families, and their doctors, not university staff.

Over the course of about two weeks, The Center Square says the petition gathered approximately 500 signatures.

This news comes after Virginia Tech President Tim Sands confirmed on June 8 that vaccinations will be required for all students by Aug. 6 in order to attend fall classes, with exemptions for medical reasons and sincerely-held religious beliefs.

School officials said during a town hall on June 15 that vaccines will reduce the need for testing and quarantining on campus, decrease disruptions to campus operations, and allow for more in-person activities on campus.

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