A small private college in West Virginia will require students who have not taken the COVID-19 vaccine to pay a $750 fee when classes start this fall, reports National Public Radio (NPR). West Virginia Wesleyan College said that about 90% of its faculty and staff and a “large percentage of students” received vaccinations already. Students will have until September 7 to show they have received at least one dose of the vaccine before being charged.
All unvaccinated students must also undergo weekly testing and are required to wear a mask while indoors. Their access to facilities will be limited “for the protection and health and safety of the campus community,” the college wrote on their website.
West Virginia Wesleyan joins a small, private institution in Tennessee, Rhodes College, who will charge $1,500 to any unvaccinated student who arrives in the fall. This announcement comes amid dozens of lawsuits against schools across the country that are mandating vaccinations.