Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order Tuesday banning colleges from requiring the COVID-19 vaccine or masks in order to go to class.
Public universities will also not be able to mandate COVID-19 tests.
The order came after Arizona State University said unvaccinated students would be selected for COVID testing and would be required to wear face masks on campus and participate in daily health checks.
“The vaccine works, and we encourage Arizonans to take it. But it is a choice and we need to keep it that way,” Ducey said in a Tuesday statement. “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.
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