Exceptions will be made for students who are not recommended vaccinations for medical reasons, The Hill reported.
Students at least five American colleges and universities will be required to receive a full vaccination against COVID-19 before starting the new school year. Exceptions will be made only for students who are not recommended for such vaccinations for medical reasons. The Hill newspaper reported this.
According to the publication, students of Cornell University (New York), Rutgers University (New Jersey), Fort Lewis College (Colorado), Nova Southern University (Florida), and St. Edward’s University (Texas) will receive mandatory vaccination. Without coronavirus vaccinations, students at these institutions will probably not start classes in the coming fall.
“Full vaccination gives us the best hope of returning to normal classes <…>,” the newspaper quotes a letter from the president of Fort Lewis College, Tom Stritikus, to the students of this educational institution. “With this in mind, all students who will be enrolled in the fall 2021 semester will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.”
According to the publication, a similar notice was sent to students by the president of Cornell University, Martha Pollack. She wrote that the decision to make it mandatory to vaccinate students came after “recent announcements about expanding vaccination opportunities in New York and other states and ramping up vaccine production.” This, Pollack pointed out, makes it possible for all students to receive the vaccine in the spring or summer. The President noted that individuals who, for one reason or another, failed to get vaccinated before the fall semester or whose vaccination is not recognized in New York State “will have to be vaccinated as soon as possible immediately after returning, and the university is considering ways to facilitate this process.”
The heads of other educational institutions mentioned by the newspaper also informed their students about the same. The Hill noted that the distribution of these notifications coincided with the publication of information that college students actively spread the virus. So, according to The New York Times, for the period from January 1, more than 120 thousand cases of infection with the new coronavirus in the country are associated with American universities, and for the entire period since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 530 thousand such cases have been recorded.
According to Johns Hopkins University, which conducts calculations based on information from federal and local authorities, more than 30.7 million cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in the United States since the beginning of the pandemic 555,602 people have died. The country ranks first in the world in both indicators.