Higher education students enrolling this fall should know of one important requirement that they need to consider about their college or university choice.
When Rutgers University in New Jersey announced sometime in March that they are requiring incoming students to get vaccinated before attending fall classes, other higher education institutions in the state followed suit. Montclair State University, Princeton University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Stevens Institute of Technology have also announced that they are requiring students to get fully vaccinated before classes start this fall.
Last April 28 and 29, 2021, the following universities and colleges have also announced that they are imposing the same requirement on incoming students this fall:
- Carleton College in Minnesota
- Hamilton College in New York
- University of Portland in Oregon
- Willamette University Oregona
- Mary Baldwin University in Virginia
- Washington State University
- Virginia Wesleyan University
- Washington University in St. Louis.
- Pacific Lutheran University in Washington
Why Several Education institutions Now Consider Vaccinations a Critical Requirement
Many students are now taking the COVID-19 vaccination requirement into serious consideration, as this denotes that the possibility of experiencing another disruption will be remote.
A few days after the said schools made the announcement, Saint Vincent College in Pennsylvania issued a lockdown mandate, ordering the temporary holding of all classes online, while students staying in dorms have to shelter in place. As the number of positive COVID-19 cases has been increasing, Reverend Paul R. Taylor, the president of Saint Vincent College, said they have to act immediately to avoid further spread of the disease as well as to keep the entire campus community safe.
Rev. Taylotr said campus administration will conduct symptomatic and surveillance testing and the results will determine how long the lockdown mandate will remain in place.
In Colorado, Democratic Jared Polis governor, expects higher education institutions in his state to adopt the same vaccination policy this fall, as doing so will give both parents and students peace of mind. In expressing his support for the vaccination requirement, Gov. Polis remarked that getting vaccinated will give students the chance to enjoy full college experience.