By Jacob Solis, Howard Stutz and Zachary Bright/The Nevada Independent

Gov.  announced Thursday that he has directed his medical task force to assess the possibility of requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for students to enroll in Nevada’s public colleges and universities.

The move, announced during a press conference in Las Vegas, is the latest public push by the governor to mandate vaccinations under certain conditions, and comes as COVID cases and hospitalizations have surged amid the rapid spread of the delta variant across Nevada. It also follows a policy change his office made in July to require either proof of vaccination or weekly COVID testing for state employees, a massive group that includes thousands of NSHE employees.

The governor stopped short of ordering more onerous COVID restrictions, such as capacity limits or requests for major industries, including gaming, to require vaccines, instead saying he would ask a medical advisory team for additional recommendations on how to make large gatherings safer. Still, the governor said that requiring vaccinations for college and university students was a key step in slowing spread of the virus.

“I believe this is necessary for Nevada’s highest education institutions to join the hundreds of colleges and universities across the country requiring COVID-19 vaccinations,” Sisolak said.

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