CSU responds to new Ohio law banning COVID-19 vaccine requirement at public schools


**Cleveland State University released its plans for fall 2021 in April, as seen in the video above.**

**Editor’s note: This story was updated on July 15 to reflect a new statement from Cleveland State**

CLEVELAND (WJW) —  A bill signed into law today bans all Ohio public schools and universities from requiring people to get vaccines authorized for emergency use (ie: COVID-19 vaccines).

Cleveland State University issued the following statement to FOX 8 News about the new law:

Over the last three semesters, our students, faculty and staff have worked hard to keep our community safe. As a result, Cleveland State University achieved one of lowest infection rates among urban universities in the country. 

We continue to strongly encourage all students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated. It’s the best way they can protect themselves, their family and our community. All three of the approved vaccines are safe, effective and readily available. 

CSU’s requirement that all students living in our residence halls be vaccinated for COVID-19 remains in effect for the start of the fall semester.  Medical and religious exemptions are available for qualifying individuals. The university is preparing to fully comply with the new law when it takes effect in October.

The bill says schools and universities can’t “discriminate against an individual who has not received a vaccine described in division (B)(1) of this section, including by requiring the individual to engage in or refrain from engaging in activities or precautions that differ from the activities or precautions of an individual who has received such a vaccine.”

Read the entirety of House Bill 244 right here.

Plenty of other colleges and universities around the country have said they would require COVID-19 vaccinations.

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