UT Board passes new immunization policy that does NOT require Covid vaccine

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees has approved a new student immunization policy for the system.

It requires a number of vaccines for students but does NOT include the Covid-19 vaccine.

Board Chair John Compton says they chose personal freedom about the Covid vaccine, but strongly encourages everyone to get it.

“Our No. 1 job is campus safety, and vaccines seem to be our best defense against COVID-19,” he said.

The policy mandates vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), varicella (chicken pox), meningococcal disease, hepatitis B and certain other requirements pertaining primarily to academic programs in the health sciences.

But there are exemptions for students who:

  • Are enrolled exclusively online;
  • Have medical contraindications;
  • Have religious objections; or
  • Satisfy any other regulatory, statutory or legal exemption.

This policy affects the campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin, Memphis and Tullahoma.

The permanent rules, as approved by the Board, are available at https://trustees.tennessee.edu/.

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