University to require COVID vaccines once approved by FDA

ULM Hawkeye

ULM has announced it will be requiring COVID vaccines for all students to attend school once the FDA approves one of the vaccines.

The FDA is expected to approve one of the vaccines within the next few weeks, according to a statement released by the Office of Marketing and Communications Aug. 15.

Once the FDA approves a vaccine, the requirement will go into effect at the start of the next semester.

“It is advisable for students to plan ahead and get vaccinated now,” said the statement. “Like all required immunizations, upon approval, students will be required to provide proof of immunization.”

However, a physician’s statement or written dissent will allow students to continue without getting the vaccine.

“Please note that this is not a vaccine mandate,” the statement said. 

In an effort to get more students vaccinated, ULM is participating in the Shot For $100 program, introduced by the Governor’s Office. 

Students who receive the vaccine on campus will be eligible to receive a $100 Visa gift card.

There was COVID vaccinations and testing on campus last Tuesday and there will be more in the future. Future vaccine events will be posted on Wingspan and anyone who wants to attend will need to register online first.