President Joe Biden recently applauded the current vaccination progress and proclaimed the acceleration of the COVID-19 Vaccine; stating that in less than two weeks, all U.S. adults are expected to have had at least the first dose of their COVID inculcation. A recent article from The Guardian, adds that the American effort to defeat the Coronavirus has now reached “...almost a third of the total population of the U.S. However, The Guardian also reports that COVID cases in young adults are beginning to rise. Noting the state of Michigan in which the total number of cases “...is rising by more than 5,600 [cases] a day, the highest rate since December.” Prior to Biden’s latest vaccine victory praise, several well-known colleges and universities announced they will require incoming, in-person students to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of their fall semesters. The first university to have announced this requirement was Rutgers University in New Jersey.Yahoo! Life mentions that religion and medical reasons are qualification for exemption of this Rutgers policy and that full-remote learning students do not have to meet this vaccine requirement. Staff and faculty at Rutgers are strongly encouraged to have had their vaccines, too. As one of the largest public university systems in the United States, many higher education leaders predicted other colleges and universities would follow suit. A recent Fastweb Instagram poll reflected that more than a quarter of high school seniors and current college students report their college is requiring a COVID vaccination before fall arrivals.
Brown University: Providence, Rode Island
Northeastern University: Boston, Massachusetts
Cornell University: Ithaca, New York
Rutgers University: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Fort Lewis College: Durango, Colorado
Nova Southeastern University: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
St. Edward’s University: Austin, Texas According to a KVUE, this mandate has now loosened due to a Texas state executive order by Governor Abbot. Citing the private institution still receives some form of public funding.
Independent reports that seven colleges so far have announced similar vaccination requirements for students looking to attend colleges in person this fall. Many university leaders referencing their effort to keep public health and safety a priority in the typical population-dense college environment. These higher education institutions include: