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Purdue-Fort Wayne Faculty Senate Considers Recommending Vaccine Mandate For Spring

Rebecca Green

The faculty senate of Purdue University-Fort Wayne is considering recommending a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement for staff and students in the spring semester.

The measure being discussed is non-binding. It's merely a recommendation from the body and the final decision would rest with the university administration.

The proposal outlines several points, notably that all PFW students are already required to get inoculated against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and meningitis, while adding that the Pfizer vaccine has earned approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

It also notes the latest surge in COVID-19 in Northeast Indiana, and that the voting members have the ability to suggest policies focused on “the welfare of the faculty.”

PFW’s spring semester is scheduled to begin January 10, 2022.

A vote was expected Monday, but ultimately not taken; the faculty senate will reconvene on Sept. 20 to determine whether or not to approve the non-binding proposal and bring it to the administration.

Zach joined 89.1 WBOI as a reporter and local host for All Things Considered. He currently hosts Morning Edition.