The University of New Mexico will not require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when classes begin in the fall.
The decision was made after the university drafted the policy to get reaction from the community.
"We really have also leaned into the medical expertise of our academic health center, which we're really fortunate to have a health sciences center as part of our university, and also paying attention to state and CDC guidance," said Cinnamon Blair, spokesperson for UNM. "The decision was made not to mandate the vaccine, and it is still under emergency use authorization."
The lack of FDA approval was not the only consideration UNM officials made when coming up with the policy.
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