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UNR, TMCC students face vaccination mandate as spring registration opens


Registration for spring classes at any of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s (NSHE) seven institutions began this week, for the first time with a new requirement—vaccination for COVID-19.

The state’s Board of Health in August unanimously approved mandatory vaccinations for higher education students after NSHE’s Board of Regents argued that the responsibility to impose the requirement wasn’t theirs.

Some exemptions are approved, such as for students with medical conditions or religious beliefs. Online only students are also exempt from the requirement.

Registration for spring classes opened Nov. 1, which was the deadline set for students to comply. Registration continues through Jan. 14 at University of Nevada, Reno and through Jan. 24 at Truckee Meadows Community College, giving students who’ve yet to get vaccinated time to get their shots before being shut out of spring classes.

“Receiving the COVID-19 vaccination is the scientifically proven most effective way to protect the health and safety of the NSHE community and end the pandemic,” NSHE Chancellor Melody Rose said.

UNR students can submit their proof of vaccination here: https://www.unr.edu/coronavirus/vaccine/requirements. TMCC students can submit proof of vaccination here: https://www.tmcc.edu/environmental-health-safety/coronavirus/vaccination-information.

Those we aren’t vaccinated can still complete their fall classes. Masking is still required on all campuses.

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