Virginia Tech provides update on vaccination requirements for students, staff


BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia Tech has provided clarification about why students at the university are required to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, but not faculty and staff.

In an interview with WFXR News, Mark Owczarski — associate vice president of university relations for Virginia Tech — said the reason students are required to get vaccinated is because they spend more time in common areas, like the dining hall, Greek houses, Lane Stadium, etc.

Meanwhile, faculty and staff members are less likely to socialize in large groups.

“They have been over the course of the past year and a half. Their number of infections rates are far smaller than students who live in residence halls, who eat in dining centers, who live in apartments,” said Owczarski.

“We still need our students to upload their vaccination card and their vaccination information or to submit an exemption from it based on religious or medical reasons,” Owczarski added.

If a student does not upload their COVID-19 vaccination card or any of their vaccination requirements by Aug. 6, they will not be able to move into campus housing. In addition, the student’s enrollment will be suspended and held until they submit their vaccination verification.

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