GVSU grants grace days for vaccine mandate

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ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Valley State University is giving students and staff members a few extra days to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or apply for an exemption or postponement.

GVSU had initially set a date of Sept. 30 for all students and staff to be vaccinated or receive an exemption. The school sent a letter to the campus community Wednesday announcing there would be a few more grace days.

GVSU officials say students and staff can get their vaccine anywhere, but they’ll get a $10 coupon if they do so at Meijer.

The university’s letter said that more than 90% of faculty members and nearly 87% of students were already in compliance with its vaccine mandate, meaning they were either vaccinated or had received an exemption or postponement.

“We have made enormous progress, and I am grateful to each of you for your care for each other. Let’s continue working together as Lakers,” GVSU President Philomena Mantella wrote.

Fully vaccinated students and staff are required to record their status on an online self-assessment. If you lost your vaccination card, the state has an online portal where immunization records are posted for those 18 and older. It’s free to use.

The vaccine is now widely available and GVSU recommends that immunocompromised people consider getting their third dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least 28 days after their last dose.

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