Virginia Tech has deregistered more than 100 students who failed to submit vaccination documentation, university officials say.
A total of 134 students were deregistered from Virginia Tech for failing to submit their vaccination or waiver documents to an online portal.
The school set an August 6 deadline for students to upload a vaccination certificate to maintain their class schedule and housing selection after announcing the requirement in June.
All students must be fully vaccinated to return for the fall semester, or be granted a medical or religious exemption. Classes started on August 23.
It is not known whether the students failed to provide their vaccination status due to objection to the mandate, or because they intended to leave their studies for some other reason.
Associate Vice President of University Relations Mark Owczarski said: Fox 8: “The university does not know if any of these students did not intend to return for reasons unrelated to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement.”
Owczarski added that attempts have been made to contact the 134 students, and they are welcome to re-enroll at the university if they submit their vaccine papers.
It comes after the University of Virginia deregistered 238 students for failing to comply with the school’s vaccination requirements
The school reported that only 49 of the 238 students were enrolled in fall classes.
Virginia Tech Deregistered 134 Students Who Couldn’t Prove Vaccine Status
All students were required to provide proof of vaccination by August 6 to maintain their class schedule and housing selection. All employees must prove vaccination status before October 1
The school requires anyone with an approved vaccine waiver for medical or religious reasons to submit to mandatory weekly tests in accordance with state guidelines. The school updates the dashboard with the results
All Virginia Tech students must be fully vaccinated to return for their fall semester, with approved religious and medical exemptions.
About 95 percent of the 37,000 students enrolled at Virginia Tech say they have been vaccinated.
88% of university employees are reported to have been vaccinated. As of August 19, the school changed its mind and now requires all employees to be vaccinated before October 1, regardless of whether they are working remotely or not.
Associate Vice President of University Relations Mark Owczarski said he wasn’t sure whether the students were planning to return because of COVID-19 guidelines or for other reasons.
The school requires anyone with an approved vaccine waiver for medical or religious reasons to submit to mandatory weekly tests in accordance with state guidelines.
The school updates its dashboard with the results.
The school currently requires all students and teachers to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
However, the school dropped restrictions on mass gatherings, in line with state guidelines.
Students, employees and visitors are obliged to wear face masks in risk zones. Students and employees are not obliged to wear a mask indoors when they are in their office or student room.
The school has announced that it will review its guidelines in September and re-evaluate certain restrictions on students and staff.
Virginia is experiencing a spike in cases with more than 8,000 new cases reported as of Aug. 30 and a seven-day average of over 3,000.
The state currently has nearly 60 percent of its citizens vaccinated.
COVID-19 continues to rise in cases in the US with more than 280,000 new cases reported as of August 30.
Fifty-three percent of US citizens are fully vaccinated, and 61 percent have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
COVID-19 cases in the US continue to rise due to the Delta variant. Virginia is experiencing an increase in cases with more than 8,000 new cases reported as of Aug. 30. Virginia currently has nearly 60 percent of its citizens fully vaccinated
Not only do they need the vaccine for all staff and students, but Virginia Tech and The University of Virginia are also working together to develop a new vaccine to prevent COVID-19 and its variants.
dr. Steven Zeichner, of the University of Virginia, and Dr. Xiang-Jin Meng, of Virginia Tech, are teaming up to create a fusion peptide vaccine.
Their vaccine could be ready for human trial within six months.
This vaccine could ultimately help Virginia lower cases of COVID-19.