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University to require COVID-19 vaccination for student enrollment in the 2021-2022 academic year

| Wednesday, April 7, 2021

University President Fr. John Jenkins announced in a Wednesday email that Notre Dame will require all undergraduate, graduate and professional students to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in order to enroll for the 2021-2022 academic year.

“Our goal for the fall semester will be to have as many members of the campus community vaccinated as possible, thereby reducing the risk of infection on campus and in the local community,” Jenkins said.

The University will respect documented medical and religious exemptions to the vaccine, according to the email.

In a separate email to The Observer, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said the University encourages faculty and staff to receive the vaccine, but at this time they will not be required to do so.

Jenkins said the University believes they have enough vaccine doses to accommodate any member of the campus community who wishes to get vaccinated at the on-campus vaccination site — which opens Thursday.

Jenkins thus urged students to sign up to receive the first of two doses in the next week at the Notre Dame site.

“For students currently on campus, if you have not yet been vaccinated, we strongly urge you to be vaccinated at our on-campus site in the days and weeks ahead,” Jenkins said.

Arrangements will be made for students who are unable to obtain a vaccination before the fall semester or whose vaccination is not recognized by the state of Indiana.

Students are asked to submit their vaccination status in an online tool to allow University officials to determine whether health and safety protocols can be lifted or adjusted in the coming weeks.

The announcement comes as the more universities delineate vaccination requirements. These include Rutgers University, Cornell University and Northeastern University.

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