Some Universities Are Now Mandating Covid-19 Vaccines for All Students and Faculty
Attending college in person may require vaccination at many privately owned institutions of higher learning
As the spring semester comes to a close, colleges and universities are releasing plans for a safe reopening in the fall. Three prominent institutes of higher learning announced plans to require Covid-19 vaccines for all students and staff.
On March 25, New Jersey’s Rutgers University was first with an appropriately titled announcement “Our path forward.” The administration laid out plans for mandatory student Covid-19 vaccination. Faculty vaccinations are “strongly encouraged.”
Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, released its fall semester vaccine guidelines requiring students to upload proof of vaccination through the Fort Lewis App prior to enrollment.
Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, also announced plans to require vaccination for all students and faculty. President Martha Pollack and provost Michael Kotlikoff issued a joint April 2 statement outlining the plans and the rationale.
New York plans to reduce the age of Covid-19 vaccine eligibility to people 16 years and older starting April 6. Cornell officials believe enough students and faculty will be fully vaccinated by the fall to allow a safe return to in-person classes.
Some schools shared plans to help students get vaccinated. Rutgers University has been approved by the state of New Jersey to offer Covid-19 vaccines to all students and faculty, but the campus has not received doses yet. Cornell plans to help students qualify and schedule appointments through its vaccine support program and is working to find a solution for enrolled students coming in from other states who have not been vaccinated.
Cornell said it will also continue Covid-19 mitigation strategies: Students and staff are required to wear high-quality mask-wearing, classes are arranged with special seating to allow social distancing, and the campus has worked…