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The University of Tennessee students have to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 and flu.

The University of Tennessee strongly advises students and staff to take the COVID-19 and flu vaccines, but they are not mandatory.

The University of Tennessee strongly advises students and staff to take the COVID-19 and flu vaccines, but they are not mandatory.Many Tennessee-based universities and colleges strongly advise students to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but it is not mandatory. The University of Tennessee's governing board adopted a guideline on April 20, 2021, exempting COVID-19 and flu vaccines from the list of student inoculations necessary at the University's statewide campuses, reported U.S. News.

The University of Tennessee has required some immunizations for new students but has granted religious, medical, and other exemptions based on state law. Vaccines against measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, meningococcal disease, hepatitis B, and a few others are required for students in the health sciences.

Students and staff at the University of Tennessee Knoxville are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccination that has been proven to be effective and safe. Because flu is spreading alongside COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that a flu vaccine is essential. As a result, everyone should get vaccinated for their safety. Although the University recommends flu and COVID-19 vaccines, the academic students are not compelled to acquire them in 2021-22.

On April 20, by exempting COVID-19 and flu vaccines from the list of student inoculations necessary at the University's statewide campuses, the board reversed course after passing an emergency rule last summer requiring flu and COVID-19 shots when vaccines become available.

The board had approved a permanent rule in November 2020 to get vaccinated for COVID-19 and flu, on the condition that President Randy Boyd would take board approval for the two shots, said University General Counsel Ryan Stinnett reports U.S. News.

During a virtual meeting, board Chairman John Compton said, "These are personal choices that people will be making, and I would just strongly encourage everyone who is a stakeholder in the University of Tennessee system to consider being vaccinated."

The Tennessean reports, including the University of Tennessee, several universities such as Austin Peay State University, Belmont University, the University of Memphis, do not require immunizations.

Therefore, the University of Tennessee strongly encourages students to get vaccines, it does not mandate them.

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