LSU ejects 78 students who violated COVID-19 vaccine rules

Published 4:01 pm Thursday, September 16, 2021

Louisiana State University has begun the process of ejecting dozens of students for not following COVID-19 vaccination rules, according to a spokesman.

LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard said Wednesday that the university is contacting 78 students to let them know they are being unenrolled for not following the COVID-19 vaccination requirements, WAFB-TV reported.

In August, LSU President William Tate said students would have to show proof of their first vaccine dose by Sept. 10 and show proof of full vaccination by Oct. 15.

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Statewide, low vaccination rates and the highly contagious delta variant have been blamed for a fourth surge of COVID-19 that has stressed hospitals around the state. Figures released Thursday show hospitalizations continue to drop from last month’s peak of more than 3,000. COVID-19 Hospitalizations totaled 1,431 in Thursday’s figures. Department statistics show declines in almost every region of the state.

About 44% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated, according to Thursday’s figures, which show that barely half of the population has had one shot of COVID-19 vaccine.

The state reported 1,663 new confirmed or probable cases of the disease Thursday, and 48 newly reported deaths attributed to the disease, bringing the Louisiana COVID-19 death toll to 13,366.