Are people who have already had a confirmed case of Covid-19 still required to be vaccinated to attend?
Yes. We are following the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recommends being vaccinated even if you’ve had Covid-19. It offers extra protection against variants.
With mortality rates for Covid-19 being low and infection rates declining, why require vaccination?
Because we are committed to putting the health and safety of our faculty, staff and course participants first. Infections and deaths have fallen, in part, because of vaccinations. Low mortality does not mean no mortality. More than a half-million Americans died from the disease in a year. The vaccines have proven safe and very effective. Serious problems have been almost infinitesimally rare.
Are medical exemptions or disability or religious accommodations allowed?
Yes. Medical and religious belief exception requests will be considered. But if approved, they may result in your being subject to special requirements like testing.
Will you consider other forms of verification besides a COVID-19 vaccination card?
How long will this policy be in effect?
This requirement will be in effect throughout the 2021 academic year, which ends December 31. It will be reevaluated then for the 2022 academic year.