GOP legislators call for UMaine to drop COVID-19 vaccination … – Republican Journal

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Lawmakers said current science is clear and the university should follow the lead of the state's community colleges.
AUGUSTA — Education Committee Republicans are calling on the publicly funded University of Maine System to follow the lead of Maine’s Community College System and drop the requirement that all students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enroll as students.
Republican members of the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs have issued the following public statement:
“Current science is clear that the policy requiring that all University of Maine System students be vaccinated no longer serves its original purpose and is now detrimental to student learning, student enrollment, and student health. The public recognizes that what we know about science has changed and the public university system must change as well in order to better serve the learning, health and emotional well-being of our students. We commend Maine’s Community College System for recognizing this and showing leadership in lifting the vaccination requirement.”
Committee members who issued the statement were Sen. James Libby, R-Cumberland; Rep. Heidi H. Sampson, R-Alfred; Rep. Sheila A. Lyman, R-Livermore Falls; Rep. Edward J. Polewarczyk, R-Wiscasset; and Rep. Barbara A. Bagshaw, R-Windham.
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