UVA disenrolls 238 students who violated vaccine mandate

UVA disenrolls 238 students who violated vaccine mandate
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The University of Virginia has dis-enrolled 238 students who failed to get their COVID-19 vaccines, violating the mandate set by the school.

The school’s spokesperson Brian Coy told The Virginian-Pilot about the move, saying only 49 students were actually enrolled in classes for the fall. 

After “receiving multiple reminders via email, text, phone calls, calls to parents that they were out of compliance and had until yesterday to update their status,” the students were dis-enrolled, Coy said. 

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The other students who were dis-enrolled “may not have been planning to return to the University this fall at all,” Coy stated.

The dis-enrolled students are able to reenroll if they get their shot or receive a vaccine exemption from the school.

The school offered exemptions for medical and religious reasons, which UVA granted to 335 students, according to the outlet. 

These students will have to wear masks at all times on campus and get tested weekly for the virus.

More than 96 percent of the school's students are fully vaccinated and will not have to abide by these guidelines.

The deadline for filing for an exemption is Aug. 25 while the deadline for submitting proof of vaccination was Wednesday.

Hundreds of schools have mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for this fall, with some even reimposing mask mandates on fully vaccinated students due to the rise in delta variant cases.

The Hill has reached out to the school for comment.