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Northeastern University announced Tuesday that it will require all students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of classes in the fall.

Ken Henderson, chancellor and senior vice president for learning at Northeastern, said, “If all, or nearly all of our students are vaccinated, we expect that we’ll be able to achieve herd immunity.”

Also in recent days, Brown University, Fort Lewis College and St. Edward's University announced similar moves.

Rutgers University was the first college with such a requirement. It was followed by Cornell and Nova Southeastern Universities.

But St. Edward's, located in Austin, Tex., will create an exemption to the policy because of an executive order by Texas governor Greg Abbott, a Republican. Abbott barred any organization that receives state funds from requiring proof of vaccination. Although St. Edward's is private, it receives state funds for financial aid.

St. Edward's announced that "the university's policy will not deny services to those submitting documentation or a qualifying exemption. Qualifying exemptions for students include declining to provide the university an individual's COVID-19 vaccination status."