NSHE Drafting Plans for COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

LAS VEGAS – The Nevada System of Higher Education is currently drafting plans to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for students, with some limited exceptions, who are returning to campus in the fall semester.

As a public system of higher education, and consistent with the University of California system of higher education, any COVID-19 vaccine mandated by NSHE is contingent upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first lifting the current Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) designation for available COVID-19 vaccines and requires approval from the Board of Regents and the State Board of Health.

If the EUA designation is removed, NSHE Chancellor Melody Rose intends to work with local and state health authorities to recommend that the Board of Regents approve a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

NSHE is asking all students and their families to be prepared for this possibility. NSHE continues to strongly encourage all students and faculty to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I fully support the implementation of a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students once it is legally viable,” Chancellor Rose said. “Our students cannot afford further disruptions to their education if the virus is allowed to spread unabated, which continues to be a concern especially during the colder months.”

Learn more about where to get vaccinated by visiting https://www.immunizenevada.org/ or your local health district website.


The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of Nevada. NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 100,000 students and is governed by the Board of Regents.