St. Cloud State University joins a growing list of colleges and universities requiring vaccines. In fact, all of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will require certain groups to be vaccinated for the upcoming academic year.

According to KARE 11, "on campus residents and athletes will be among those required to provide proof of vaccination, or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing."

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As of right now, the vaccine mandate is only for certain students but not the entire campus community.

Students subject to the new requirements are; those who live on campus or university-owned facilities, student athletes and students who are required to be vaccinated by their internship or clinical site.

MNSCU is mandating the vaccine for certain students by October 4. Students who fall into these categories but do not want to take the vaccine will be subject to weekly COVID-19 testing and can apply for a vaccine exemption.

College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University recently announced a vaccine requirement and a mask policy for their community this year.

Yesterday, CentraCare made the announcement to their employees via email that they'll be mandating the vaccine with a deadline for the first dose by November 1. The second shot is required no later than December 15. Those seeking a medical or religious exception will need to go through a review process.

College move-in weekend for St. Cloud State University is slated for August 19 through August 22. SCSU's fall semester officially begins on Monday, August 23rd.

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