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Eastern Michigan University to require unvaccinated students to take weekly COVID-19 testing

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YPSILANTI, MI - Eastern Michigan University will start implementing the Students Stay Safe program, requiring unvaccinated students who are attending in-person classes to take weekly testing. It will go into effect at the start of the fall semester in August 2021.

The implementation of this program is grounded on the announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that approves the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The Students Stay Safe program, in conjunction with other EMU Safe policies such as the mandatory face masks, the COVID PASS Daily Health Screening, and the wastewater testing system, is intended to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 on Eastern's campus.

Students with a vaccination status not yet reported through the University's Certification system by Friday, 3 September 2021, and who do not receive the final dose of the COVID-19 will receive a message containing information on their weekly testing requirements.

Meanwhile, those who obtain their final vaccine after that date are exempt from weekly testing as long as they report their vaccination status through the certification system.

Among those who are also not obliged to this program are students without any in-person class on campus.

Some students may need to be tested more frequently if they take part in certain activities. They will be notified separately of their additional testing requirements. Similarly, some students and staff may need to be vaccinated to attend some programs, including on-campus housing, Marching bands, intercollegiate sports, and others.

Vaccinated students are eligible for the Vax to Win program. They have the chance to win a $5,000 or $1,000 credit to their student account, free on-campus housing for a semester, and a free parking permit.

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