PORTLAND, Pray – The Oregon Department of Education (DOE) will not require students, even if they are eligible for the vaccine, to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend classes next school year in the fall, the department said Tuesday. .
This news comes just as the FDA is expected to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 and older next week.
However, it is still too early to see if ODE will modify the requirements in the near future.
His statement read, in part:
We anticipate that we will soon have a vaccine approved for people 12 years of age and older … When the vaccine becomes available for that age group, we will continue to focus on making resources available to students and parents can make informed decisions about how to protect themselves. themselves and their families.
Several institutions of higher education have publicly reported that they will require the vaccine for their students, staff and faculty before classes can resume in the fall. Locally, Lewis & Clark College, Willamette University, and the University of Portland will require the vaccine.