by Emily Toffelmire, former admissions officer at University of Southern California
Just a fraction of the universities and colleges in the country have made formal announcements about their COVID vaccine policies for students, but some clear trends are emerging. According to Inside Higher Ed, “many institutions mandating the immunizations for students fit a certain profile: more often private than public, selective, located in a Democratic-leaning state.”
Within states, policy varies; in North Carolina, public universities have opted not to require vaccination, while Duke and Wake Forest are requiring the shots for students. Most of the public universities in Massachusetts have announced they will require students to be vaccinated. The state university systems for California, Colorado, Maryland, and Washington have made similar announcements, while the University of Tennessee system has opted not to require vaccinations. In New York, the State University system (SUNY) has found so little vaccine hesitancy among its students that administrators have decided a mandate isn’t necessary.
It’s important to note that the campuses and systems mandating vaccination will allow the same medical and religious waivers they already have in place for their other, previously existing vaccine requirements.
Visit The Chronicle of Higher Education for a running list of campuses requiring vaccinations.