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After Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order banned "vaccine passports" Tuesday, St. Edward's University has since announced it is altering its fall requirement of students requiring vaccination.


The private university in Austin had initially said students and campus employees would be required to receive the COVID vaccine for the fall semester; it was one of five universities nationwide to mandate a vaccine. However, several hours after the governor's announcement banning proof of vaccination, the university said it is loosening the requirement and students will have the option of declining proof of vaccination if they wish.

The governor's order ensures that no body of government can require COVID vaccinations or proof of vaccinations. No entity that receives government funds can require vaccination information either.

Private institutions, such as St. Edward's, are not required to follow the governor's order, however, the university does receive state funding for financial aid. The school told KXAN it would comply with the state order.

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