Virginia attorney general said that public universities in the commonwealth could not mandate that students receive coronavirus vaccines to attend in-person classes.

Background: Several public universities in Virginia had previously mandated vaccination as a condition of attendance for in-person classes.

-University of Virginia

-Virginia Tech University

-James Madison University

-George Mason University

Context: Virginia’s new Republcian Gov. Glenn Youngkin ran on a platform promising to end Covid-19 mandates and prioritize education.

What Happened: Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares said in a legal opinion that public universities lack the authority to mandate students receive the Covid-19 vaccine to attend in-person classes.

“Although the General Assembly specifically authorized public institutions of higher education to assist the Department of Health and local health departments in the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, the legislation did not grant such institutions power to impose vaccine requirements,” Miyares wrote.

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