How Oakland University students are adjusting to university’s COVID vaccine mandate

First dose of COVID vaccine must be completed by Sept. 3

Because students must be vaccinated to attend in-person classes, the university is also working to expand the number of on-line course offerings.
Because students must be vaccinated to attend in-person classes, the university is also working to expand the number of on-line course offerings.

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – It’s the beginning of a new chapter for students at Oakland University. Many are moving on campus Saturday and will resume in-person learning soon.

Brendley Carey is a Sophomore at Oakland University. His freshman year was anything but normal, especially being a college student during the pandemic. Carey said he’s used to wearing a mask now.

Read: How Michigan colleges, universities are preparing for students to return to campus amid COVID pandemic

But this week, the university is stepping things up a notch. The school is requiring all students, faculty and staff members to be vaccinated.

“I think it’s a good call. Try and slow the spread at least on campus,” Carey said. “They just want to try and make sure everyone is as safe as possible.”

Carey said he got the vaccine,

“I would rather be safe than sorry,” said Carey.

“It’s awesome,” said Claudette Nicholas. “It should be this way,”

Nicholas has a daughter who is an incoming freshman. She’s glad the university is taking a stand.

“If all of the students are vaccinated, it’s safer,” Nicholas said. “If they want to do in-person, they need to require everybody to be vaccinated.”

The university said those who aren’t vaccinated must receive their first shot by Sept. 3 and their second shot by Oct. 1.

OU is also offering $100 for all students, faculty and staff members to take the vaccine.

Because students must be vaccinated to attend in-person classes, the university is also working to expand the number of on-line course offerings.

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Larry Spruill Jr. joined the Local 4 News team in January 2018. Prior, he worked at WJAX in Jacksonville, Florida. Larry grew up as a military kid because his father is a retired Chief of the United States Air Force.