In A Flash

LSU says 81 percent of students have had at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine

By: - September 15, 2021 6:12 pm

In this file photo from May, William Tate gives his first press conference as LSU president-elect with members of the LSU Board of Supervisors behind him. (JC Canicosa/Louisiana Illuminator)

Eighty-one percent of LSU students have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, President William Tate announced Wednesday. Meanwhile, 72 percent of the university’s faculty and staff are fully vaccinated, an LSU spokesperson said.

“If you had asked me two months ago whether this was imaginable, I would have said no,” Tate said in the announcement.

Unvaccinated LSU students are required to undergo monthly COVID-19 testing, he said.


Tate was also invited to the White House to discuss LSU’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies with President Joe Biden and his COVID-19 response team Wednesday. Tate was the only higher education representative invited to the event, according to an LSU press release.


“It is an honor to present our successful COVID mitigation strategies to President Biden and the COVID Response Team, and we are proud that our multi-tiered approach to protecting our students, faculty and staff has been recognized at such an incredibly high level,” Tate said in the release. 

“Our strategies have worked, with more than 82 percent of our student body currently vaccinated, a monthly testing protocol that monitors the presence of the virus on our campus, wastewater testing that allows us to intervene before an outbreak occurs, and a vaccine/testing mandate at Tiger Stadium to keep our fans safe, too,” he said. “We are grateful for the privilege of celebrating how far we have come and sharing the game plan with others who might be able to benefit from the knowledge.”

Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site. Please see our republishing guidelines for use of photos and graphics.

JC Canicosa
JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is a former Louisiana Illuminator reporter. Prior to working with the Illuminator, Canicosa worked for Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon. Canicosa earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.