SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (KSLA) – In a letter sent to students on August 24, Chancellor Larry Clark of Louisiana State University at Shreveport addressed vaccinations and testing for students on campus for the fall semester of 2021.
Below is Clark’s letter:
Welcome to the fall 2021 session! I am happy to have all of our students, faculty and staff with us, whether here on campus or online. It has been a difficult summer for us as we grapple with the ever-changing dynamics of the current COVID-19 outbreak that is being driven by the Delta variant. However, we are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone on campus for the fall semester.
This week, the Food & Drug Administration granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for anyone 16 years of age and older. FDA approval provides a standard for vaccine safety and efficacy; this is a major milestone in our collective efforts to defeat the COVID-19 virus.
In light of this approval, any LSUS student enrolled in one or more face-to-face university courses, to remain enrolled, must show proof of at least one COVID vaccine or begin regular COVID testing from September 13, 2021. Testing will be available on campus throughout the fall 2021 semester, and the university will hold regular immunization days starting this week. LSUS will provide additional information, including a schedule of vaccination dates, days and locations for testing, as well as how to submit your official proof of vaccination, in the coming weeks. In the meantime, students can report their immunization status to the university here.
These are difficult times for all of us, and I urge you to be diligent in maintaining your personal health and well-being, as well as helping to protect the health and well-being of those around you. As always, those plans may change as the landscape for the fight against the virus evolves in the months to come. Let’s all do our part to stay safe as we learn, grow and work together.
Students can report their immunization status to the university here.
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