School leaders in Arizona, Florida, Tennessee and Texas are battling lawmakers
Governors are banning colleges from implementing vaccine mandates
Meanwhile schools in states like Maryland and NY have high vaccine rates
Colleges fear not just for student health but also for their balance sheets
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Colleges say they are struggling to deal with Covid-19 outbreaks in Republican states where up to 40 per cent of students are unvaccinated and governors have banned mandating shots.
But they are facing rampant infections of the Delta variant which, compounded by mask and vaccine resistance, is already threatening the fall semester.
In Tennessee, which has the most Covid infections per capita, the University of Memphis pleaded with Republican Governor Bill Lee to implement vaccines.
College students clap their hands like alligator jaws as they watch the Florida Gators taking on Alabama in Gainesville, Florida, on Saturday. Republican Governor Ron DeSantis gas banned vaccine and mask mandates in schools and colleges in the state
Coronavirus cases in Tennessee
Coronavirus cases in Alabama
University president M. David Rudd suggested a workaround by adding the shot to a list of vaccines already required for state university students, which includes the shot for measles, mumps and rubella.
'It has never been more important for us to follow the medical advice from credible authorities we have trusted for decades,' Rudd wrote to the Governor in August.
Lee failed to respond to his letter.
In Arizona, where only 58 per cent of people have received a single vaccine dose, Republican Governor Doug Ducey is holding firm to his principles.
'We are certainly not anti-vaccine,' a spokesperson for Ducey's office told Politico. 'We are anti-mandate.'
Arizona State University has not pursued a vaccine mandate but announced in June that unvaccinated students would need to wear masks and be tested weekly.
But Governor Ducey and GOP leaders blocked these rules.
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