University of Rochester to require COVID-19 vaccine for fall semester |


University of Rochester to require COVID-19 vaccine for fall semester

Updated: April 23, 2021 12:44 PM
Created: April 23, 2021 12:27 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— The University of Rochester announced it is joining the list of universities that will require all students to get the COVID-19 vaccine before the fall semester.

In an open letter, the U of R said it expects students to be vaccinated by Aug.1. The requirement is for students who both live on and off-campus.

The university says If it is not possible for a student to be vaccinated by the deadline, it will make efforts to get that student a shot. Any student who is not fully vaccinated by the deadline will be permitted on campus only if they are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated or have been approved for a medical or religious exemption from being vaccinated.

Unvaccinated students living on campus may have to be relocated at times. Additionally, the U of R will not offer remote learning as an option to students who are not vaccinated. 

The UofR's move matches similar efforts at other schools like Cornell, Ithaca, and Syracuse.

Right now, only the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are available, as in New York and around the country, the one-dos Johnson and Johnson vaccine has been on pause for more than a week over concerns of rare blood clots. Previously, the state was preparing to allocate doses of the J&J to universities, but that of course, has been put on pause.

We've reached out to the U of R for comment, and we are waiting to hear back.

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