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UO, Western Oregon to require students to get COVID shots

FILE - This Oct. 6, 2017 file photo shows the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Ore. (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard via AP, Fle)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon and Western Oregon University say students this fall will be required to get COVID-19 vaccines, joining other colleges in the Northwest that have made the same announcement.

“The requirement will help us to reach the highest level of protection possible, reduce infections and protect the health and safety of our university community and the communities we serve. Individuals will be able to request exemptions for medical and non-medical reasons,” University of Oregon said in a tweet Monday.

The University of Oregon, located in Eugene, is the state's flagship public university. It has about 18,000 undergraduate students.

Meanwhile, WOU officials announced during a virtual session on Monday that vaccinations will be required for students and employees who either study or work in person at the university’s Monmouth or Salem campuses for the fall term.

Washington State University, the University of Washington and Oregon State University are among the schools that will also require COVID-19 vaccinations this fall.