Protestors demand Indiana University lifts COVID-19 vaccination requirement

A COVID-19 vaccine is required if you’re attending Indiana University in the fall, but not everyone agrees with that policy.

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MELISSA CRASH: The group IU Family for Choice, Not Mandates says that's what they're here to push for, choice.

GRETCHEN POLICKA: We're not against the vaccine, we're for our freedom of choice. Everybody should have a right to choose.

MELISSA CRASH: Indiana University has amended its COVID-19 vaccine requirement after facing backlash. Although students, faculty, and staff do have to be vaccinated to be on campus, they don't have to show proof. That's not enough for the group's president, Ann Dorris. She believes this move by IU is illegal.

ANN DORRIS: Is that punishment for our kids that chose not to be vaccinated?

CHUCK CARNEY: We appreciate people voicing their concerns. We expect people to come out and voice those concerns. And we, of course, heard from them. And it's not an easy decision.

MELISSA CRASH: Spokesperson Chuck Carney says IU plans to stand firm on its decision. The University wants to bring back the things that make IU special for Hoosiers.

CHUCK CARNEY: It is the way that we can get back to a normal campus environment where we can have full classes.

MELISSA CRASH: And this isn't the only vaccine IU requires. Students must get six others before coming to campus, and it's Indiana law to show proof of those. Carney explained although the COVID-19 vaccine is new, it's not uncommon to require a vaccine to attend. Protesters don't agree with that logic.

GRETCHEN POLICKA: They're not the same. Those vaccines have been tested in clinical trials. They've been around for years.

MELISSA CRASH: Still, for now, unless you have a religious or medical exemption, a vaccine will be required if you want to attend or work at IU.

CHUCK CARNEY: It's, again, something about health and safety. It is something that will keep us all safe.

MELISSA CRASH: Again, for students and staff to return to campus in the fall, they will need to be vaccinated, but they are not required to show proof. For now, reporting in Bloomington, I'm Melissa Crash, Fox 59 News.