Aug. 20, 2021

During an emergency meeting held Friday, Aug. 20, the Nevada State Board of Health unanimously approved a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students in public colleges and universities.

The measure is considered an emergency regulation amendment and requires state college and university students to provide proof of immunity to “certain communicable diseases, including COVID-19.” The new requirement states that “a person shall not enroll in courses at a university, community college, or state college on or after November 1, 2021, unless the person submits to the institution proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination series.” The requirement allows for medical and religious exemptions. Students enrolled in a program of distance education and who do not attend a class on campus also are exempt from the requirement.

Already, college and university students, unless they have a medical or religious exemption, must show proof of immunization against tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps and rubella. Students younger than 23 and enrolled as a freshman also must submit proof of immunity against meningitis.

Details regarding implementation at UNLV will be provided as they become available.