Gov. Ducey of Arizona Issues Executive Order Saying Students Cannot Be Mandated to Take COVID-19 Vaccine, and more. Will CT Follow?

Report by Paula Antolini, June 16, 2021, 2:21PM EDT

Governor Doug Ducey

For parents concerned with issues about mandated COVID-19 vaccines or other mandates in schools, one governor recently took action, Governor Doug Ducey. Will Connecticut follow?

PHOENIX — June 15, 2021 — Governor Doug Ducey today issued an Executive Order protecting access to Arizona’s public universities and community colleges for all students. 

Under the Executive Order, students cannot be mandated to take the COVID-19 vaccine or submit COVID-19 vaccination documents. Students also cannot be mandated to be tested or wear masks in order to participate in learning.

The Executive Order provides exemptions for students participating in medical or clinical training. It does not prevent institutions of higher learning from encouraging vaccinations, providing testing or having voluntary mask usage, consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. buy micardis online no prescription

“The vaccine works, and we encourage Arizonans to take it. But it is a choice and we need to keep it that way,” said Governor Ducey. “Public education is a public right, and taxpayers are paying for it. We need to make our public universities available for students to return to learning. They have already missed out on too much learning. From K-12 to higher education, Arizona is supporting in-person learning.” buy clomid online no prescription

Governor Ducey will be working with legislative leadership and Senator T.J. Shope to codify today’s Executive Order into law

Arizona has administered 6,201,598 COVID-19 vaccine doses to date, with 3,006,771 Arizonans fully vaccinated against the virus. 

View the Executive Order HERE.


The new executive order reads in part:

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, by virtue of the
authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State, specifically A.R.S. §§ 26-303
and 36-787, do hereby order as follows:
⦁ The Arizona Board of Regents, a public university or community college may not
mandate that students obtain a COVID-19 vaccine, show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or
place any conditions on attendance or participation in classes or academic activities, including
but not limited to mandatory testing and mandatory mask usage, if a person chooses not to
obtain a COVID-19 vaccine or disclose that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, unless such
requirement has been mandated by law in the State of Arizona.

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