Colleges, universities pushing for students to get vaccinated

(Dru Loman)
Published: Aug. 25, 2021 at 3:06 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Following the FDA’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine, many schools and universities are changing their guidance for students when it comes to being vaccinated.

Southern University at Shreveport, Grambling State University and LSU Shreveport are among the schools mandating students to show proof of vaccination.

In fact, at LSUS any student in face-to-face classes must show proof of full vaccination or at least one shot by September 13 or they have to get tested.

Some students share mixed emotions about the new requirement.

“I just feel like it should be our choice if you want to get it or not,” Jaylen McDonald said.

“I don’t have problems with it because I already have my vaccine, and I just feel like they should [get vaccinated] because it’s getting worse,” Daylon Ross said.

On Wednesday, Aug. 25, Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) partnered with Ochsner to offer Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines as part of their Back to School Bash. However, the college has not made vaccines required for students.

At BPCC, Student Life Director Marjorie Harper said they are offering incentives to give students the option.

“We’re making it readily available to them. As of right now, it’s not mandatory but we do want to encourage our cavaliers to stay safe,” she said.

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