Majority of Virginia voters in new poll back UVA decision to disenroll unvaccinated students

Majority of Virginia voters in new poll back UVA decision to disenroll unvaccinated students
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A majority of Virginia voters back the University of Virginia’s decision to dis-enroll unvaccinated students, according to a poll released Wednesday. 

A Monmouth University Poll survey showed 53 percent of respondents agreed that students who did not get the vaccine should be disenrolled, while 43 percent disagreed.

A university spokesperson said in August the school, which enacted a coronavirus vaccine mandate, had disenrolled 238 students who had not complied.

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The school’s spokesperson, Brian Coy, said only 49 of the 238 students were actually enrolled in classes and they had received multiple reminders to upload their vaccination documents before they were disenrolled. 

More than 96 percent of the university's students are vaccinated. Only 335 students were granted exemptions.

As universities and other schools have started their school year, thousands of students have had to go into quarantine due to the coronavirus.

Virginia voters had mixed opinions about whether schools should stay open given the rise in delta variant cases.

The poll found 43 percent of Virginia voters believed schools should remain open for in-person classes, while 41 percent believe there should be a mix of in-person and remote learning.

Registered voters overwhelmingly agreed with requiring face masks at school, with 67 percent of those surveyed in favor. Fifty-eight percent of voters polled said there should be vaccine mandates for those 12 and older in schools.

The poll was conducted between Aug. 24 and Aug. 29 and surveyed 802 Virginia voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.