Covid USA: 7 US Colleges Including Brown Say Students Must Be Fully Vaccinated To Return To Campus

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At least seven U.S. colleges have said students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to return to their campuses this fall, with Brown University and Northeastern University the last to implement such rules.

Brown, Northeastern, Cornell University, Rutgers University, Fort Lewis College, Nova Southeastern University and St. Edward’s University have each announced COVID-19 vaccination requirements for returning students in recent weeks.

Students with specific underlying medical conditions and religious beliefs can apply to be exempted from the rule that the institutions say is crucial for welcoming people back to personal learning with full pre-pandemic capacity.

The move comes because one-third of the U.S. population is now at least partially vaccinated against the virus, and Joe Biden plans to put forward a roadmap for all U.S. adults to qualify for the vaccine.

At least seven U.S. colleges have said students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to return to their campuses this fall with Brown University (above) and North University the latest to implement such rules

At least seven U.S. colleges have said students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to return to their campuses this fall with Brown University (above) and North University the latest to implement such rules

Brown, a member of the Ivy League based in Providence, Rhode Island, last announced on Tuesday that students must receive the vaccine before being allowed to return to campus for the fall semester.

Brown President Christina Paxson announced the decision in a letter, disclosing that the vaccine is mandatory “ for all undergraduates, graduates, and medical students who will be on campus or attending face-to-face education. ”

Paxson said students can apply for medical or religious exemptions, but cautioned that anyone who is not given the opportunity and does not qualify for an exemption should not step onto campus in person.

These students must petition to study remotely or take leave.

Currently, the vaccine is not compulsory for all college staff.

Paxson said the university’s COVID-19 vaccine working group is still deciding whether to also make them mandatory for staff with a recommendation expected June 1.

The university president said a vaccinated student body would allow the fall semester of 2021 to return to a similar sense of normalcy as in pre-pandemic times.

Northeastern in Boston (pictured) also announced on Tuesday the decision that all students should be vaccinated, saying it is necessary to achieve immunity to the herd

Northeastern in Boston (pictured) also announced on Tuesday the decision that all students should be vaccinated, saying it is necessary to achieve immunity to the herd

Northeastern in Boston (pictured) also announced on Tuesday the decision that all students should be vaccinated, saying it is necessary to achieve immunity to the herd

“ We have every reason to expect that Fall 2021 at Brown will look and feel much more like Fall 2019 than after Fall 2020, ” Paxson wrote.

This includes inviting all graduate, undergraduate, and medical students to enroll in person, standard course enrollments and class sizes, standard room occupancy for student residences, restored on-campus student residence requirements, and extensive dining and recreation options.

Paxson added, “Our top priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of our community, while at the same time continuing to provide an exceptional educational experience and support research and science.”

Brown is home to 10,257 undergraduates, according to the website, which includes 7,043 undergraduates, 2,629 graduate students and 585 medical students.

The fall semester starts on September 2.

Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, also announced on Tuesday that all students must be fully vaccinated on the first day of the semester in September so that the new school year can begin full-time, face-to-face learning.

Ken Henderson, chancellor and senior vice president for learning at Northeastern, said this is critical for the college to achieve immunity to herds.

The move comes because one-third of the U.S. population is now at least partially vaccinated against the virus, and Joe Biden plans to put forward a roadmap for all U.S. adults to qualify for the vaccine.

The move comes because one-third of the U.S. population is now at least partially vaccinated against the virus, and Joe Biden plans to put forward a roadmap for all U.S. adults to qualify for the vaccine.

The move comes because one-third of the U.S. population is now at least partially vaccinated against the virus, and Joe Biden plans to put forward a roadmap for all U.S. adults to qualify for the vaccine.

“To get herd immunity, we need to vaccinate as many people as possible,” he said.

“If all or nearly all of our students are vaccinated, we expect to be able to achieve herd immunity.”

Students will be required to show school evidence of their vaccination status at the beginning of the semester, the university said.

Rutgers became the first major university to announce that students had to be vaccinated before the start of the fall semester.

The New Jersey-based college announced the move on March 25, with the rule applying to all three campuses: New Brunswick, Newark and Camden.

The university pointed to guidance from the CDC as well as the president’s aspiration for everyone to be eligible for the vaccine as early as May.

President Biden recently announced that he is encouraging all states to open up their requirements for the COVID-19 vaccine to cover all adults and that he further expects all adults to have access to at least one vaccination dose, ‘the college wrote.

Meanwhile, faculty and staff are so far not part of the mandate with the college saying it will “continue to urge them” to get vaccinated.

Others soon followed suit after Rutgers announced with St. Edward’s University on March 29 that all staff and students aged 16 or older should be vaccinated by September 1.

Cornell’s president and provost released a statement on Friday announcing that students must be vaccinated if they want to be admitted to campuses in upstate New York.

Rutgers became the first major university to announce that students had to be vaccinated before the start of the fall semester

Rutgers became the first major university to announce that students had to be vaccinated before the start of the fall semester

Rutgers became the first major university to announce that students had to be vaccinated before the start of the fall semester

St. Edward's University announces on March 29 that all staff and students aged 16 or older must be vaccinated by September 1

St. Edward's University announces on March 29 that all staff and students aged 16 or older must be vaccinated by September 1

St. Edward’s University announces on March 29 that all staff and students aged 16 or older must be vaccinated by September 1

Nova Southeastern University in Florida (above) also sent a letter on Friday demanding that students, faculty and staff return to face-to-face learning to be fully vaccinated before the start of the semester

Nova Southeastern University in Florida (above) also sent a letter on Friday demanding that students, faculty and staff return to face-to-face learning to be fully vaccinated before the start of the semester

Nova Southeastern University in Florida (above) also sent a letter on Friday demanding that students, faculty and staff return to face-to-face learning to be fully vaccinated before the start of the semester

“With the recent announcements of more comprehensive vaccines in New York and other states, and increasing vaccine production, it is likely that all members of our community will be able to get a vaccination sometime this spring or summer,” said Cornell president Martha Pollack and Provost Michael. Kotlikoff wrote in a joint statement.

Accordingly, Cornell plans to require vaccination for students returning to the Ithaca, Geneva and Cornell Tech campuses for the fall semester.

The letter continued: “ Individuals who cannot receive a vaccination prior to arrival for the fall semester, or whose vaccination is not recognized by New York State, are expected to be vaccinated as soon as possible after arrival, and Cornell is exploring ways to do this. process. ‘

Fort Lewis College sent a letter to the college community on Friday with a similar mandate.

“A widely vaccinated student body offers our best hope of returning to the practical, inclusive, experiential and personal learning environment that we have all come to love,” President Tom Stritikus wrote.

And Nova Southeastern University in Florida also sent a letter on Friday demanding that students, faculty, and staff returning to study in person had been fully vaccinated before the start of the semester.

“ We came to this decision after careful planning and consultation with our healthcare providers and operations professionals to ensure that we can indeed return to healthy campuses with appropriate security measures while implementing new guidelines, ” said the university.

American universities began switching to online learning in March as the virus spread across the country.

Most colleges already welcomed a few students for the fall of 2020 semesters.

Many chose hybrid models with personalized learning for some and remote for others, while colleges suppressed student life, including banning parties.

Now 32.4 percent of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 18.8 percent have been fully vaccinated.

Joe Biden is expected to announce Tuesday that all American adults must be eligible by states to receive the vaccine by April 19.

This would lift the eligibility goalpost by two weeks from the previous May 1 plan as the pace of rollout has been steadily picking up.

In total, 34 states have already opened the right to vaccination to those 16 and older, and 41 states will open it to adults before April 19 anyway.

But there is a lot of debate about organizations that require people to receive the vaccine.

The Biden government said several vaccine passport initiatives are being developed by public and private entities.

The idea is facing growing backlash from Republicans, with Texas Governor Greg Abbott issuing an executive order on Tuesday banning the government from requiring state residents to show proof of vaccination.

This came a week after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took the same action.