Clark College said Tuesday that it will not require COVID-19 vaccinations this fall.

The announcement from the Vancouver-based college follows many other community colleges in the region that have made the same call, such as Portland Community College.

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Clark announced it will be requiring everyone on campus to continue wearing face coverings for the time being.

The college said it plans to gradually phase in on-campus operations, with some employees, events and services returning this fall. Earlier this year, Clark announced that about one-third of its fall term classes would have some on-campus component.

“Our students and our employees need to know the college’s way forward in order to plan for the future,” Karin Edwards, Clark’s president, said in a statement. “At the same time, we need to remain ready to adapt to the ever-evolving realities of this pandemic and its effects. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and provide information about fall term as we further develop our plans — always with a focus on equity, access, and the safety of our whole community.”

According to the latest numbers from Clark County public health officials, the COVID-19 case rates per 100,000 residents have steadily declined since the beginning of June.

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