Should this vaccine be added to the list of required shots when students return in the fall? At first blush it makes sense, considering that the pandemic has led to millions of students being out of classrooms for more than a year. But this fall will be too soon for public schools to mandate the COVID shot. The vaccine has been approved with emergency use authorization, which speeds up vaccine manufacturing and administrative processes during a public health emergency. More than 90 colleges and universities have announced that students must be vaccinated before returning to campus in the fall.