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University of New Mexico won’t require COVID-19 vaccinations

July 9, 2021 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico will continue to encourage that students, faculty and staff get vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus in August for the fall semester but no longer plans to require it.

University President Garnett Stokes said in a campuswide email that vaccinations are key to stopping the spread of the coronavirus and that the university is working toward a 100% vaccination rate.

However, the vaccine remains under emergency use authorization by the federal government, the university noted in a statement Thursday.

The university previously proposed a vaccine requirement and posted a draft policy on its website.

“After more than a year of mostly remote learning and working, mask mandates and testing” the university community views its approaching full return to campus “with a sense of optimism and renewed purpose,” the statement issued Thursday said.

UNM officials continue to urge those who are not vaccinated to continue to wear a mask, the statement said.