Update regarding student COVID-19 vaccination requirement

December 22, 2021

This message was sent to students, faculty and staff at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The emergency regulation requiring a COVID-19 vaccination series for students of the Nevada System of Higher Education that was unanimously adopted by the State Board of Health in August has expired. The Legislative Commission, in a meeting on Tuesday, failed to pass item R069-21, which effectively eliminated the legal basis for student vaccines to be a requirement for registration for classes at NSHE institutions, including the University of Nevada, Reno.

Following the direction of the Legislative Commission, any student registration hold based on not having a COVID-19 vaccine will be lifted immediately.

The Board of Regents’ NSHE employee vaccine requirement remains in place, as well as the current state mask mandate for the NSHE community.

Although the vaccine regulation is now expired, the University still strongly encourages those who are unvaccinated to make plans to get vaccinated.

The University continues to monitor any developments related to vaccinations and will share any further information as it becomes available.