Nova Southeastern University will require students and staff to get COVID-19 vaccines

Aerial rendering of Nova Southeastern University's Clearwater campus (Photo: NSU)

A private university in Florida will require students and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 when they return to campus in the fall.

Vaccinations are mandatory by Aug. 1, Nova Southeastern University said in its Friday announcement.

"As the state, nation and world begins to emerge from the months-long changes to our lives brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Nova Southeastern University is pleased to announce that it intends to resume full, in-person classroom learning for on-ground courses for the fall 2021 semester," the release said.

On Twitter, the school said they "will welcome students back to a pre-pandemic style of learning."

The university said it will provide for "limited exemptions" for students or employees with underlying medical conditions that prohibit vaccination or who have "sincerely held religious beliefs (not personal beliefs)."

The university has 6,314 undergraduate students and 14,574 advanced degree students at its main campus in Davie, and across campuses in Clearwater, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens and Puerto Rico.

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