Harvard University, on May 5, announced that students enrolled at the university must get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus this Fall. This comes after a number of other universities and colleges in the US issued the same requirement for this fall.
University President Lawrence S. Bacow and other top administrators further added that they expect the university staff, researchers and faculty on campus to also try and get vaccinated.
According to the statement, exceptions based on religious or medical reasons will be granted.
A number of leading US universities such as Yale, Princeton and Columbia, earlier this year announced the same requirement that students should get vaccinated against COVID-19 with an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) or WHO (World Health Organisation)-approved vaccine.
The statement added that a minimum of 14 days should have passed since when the last dose of vaccine was taken.
The university has also partnered up with Mass General Brigham to offer a vaccination clinic for students in Boston. International students and others with no access to COVD vaccine would be offered vaccination upon arrival on campus.
Bacow said that one of the reasons for the requirement is the increased availability of vaccines which could contribute to getting back to normalcy.
The announcement also mentioned that the university will ensure that the return to campus and on-campus experience for all this Fall would be “less-restricted”. However, this plan would depend on maintaining low infection rates on campus and across the region.
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