Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order Tuesday that would prohibit state public universities from requiring students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The order also seeks to ban colleges from mandating students show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination, take mandatory COVID-19 tests, or wear masks.
“The vaccine works, and we encourage Arizonans to take it. But it is a choice and we need to keep it that way,” said Ducey in a press release. “Public education is a public right, and taxpayers are paying for it. We need to make our public universities available for students to return to learning. They have already missed out on too much learning. From K-12 to higher education, Arizona is supporting in-person learning.”