Yesterday afternoon, the state Legislative Commission voted on enacting a permanent measure requiring all Nevada System of Higher Education students to complete a COVID-19 vaccination series as a requirement for registration. The vote ended in a 6-to-6 tie and as a result, an existing emergency regulation implemented in August by the State Board of Health has expired and proof of the COVID-19 vaccine is no longer a requirement for spring 2022 student enrollment at UNLV.
The UNLV Registrar’s office is working to remove registration holds specific to the COVID-19 vaccine. We anticipate this to be completed as early as the end of the day today. As a result, all students will have the ability to register for in-person and online courses.
Although we know that this news may be disappointing to some within the university community, we remain a campus with vaccination rates far exceeding those of the Southern Nevada community and we have been able to operate during the fall semester with very few COVID-19 cases reported among faculty, staff, and students.
The health and safety of the university community is our priority, and we continue to follow local and state health and safety directives. The NSHE employee vaccine mandate is still in effect, and everyone must adhere to wearing a mask indoors while on campus, regardless of vaccine status.
We continue to encourage good hygiene practices and the use of vaccines, including available COVID-19 boosters, as the most effective way to help protect yourself, your loved ones, and our campus community.
Keith E. Whitfield, Ph.D.
Chris L. Heavey, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost