By Sara Powers

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 90% of students, faculty, and staff at Michigan State University have been vaccinated for COVID-19, according to university officials.

The school issued a requirement in July for everyone expected on campus this fall to be vaccinated by the end of August. Most of the approximately 67,000 students, faculty, and staff have filled out a vaccine verification form.

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The university received 4,339 requests for vaccine exemptions, of which 3,138 were approved and 224 were denied. Another 98 were denied but filed appeals, according to the Lansing State Journal.

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MSU leaders have said that the university would offer few religious and medical exemptions.

“It is very encouraging to see so many of our campus community getting the COVID-19 vaccine,” MSU spokesperson Dan Olsen.

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