University to dispense with surveillance, exit testing as 90% of student body is fully vaccinated
Observer Staff Report | Friday, May 7, 2021
University President Fr. John Jenkins announced in an email Friday afternoon that 90% of Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students have documented their second Pfizer or Moderna dose or their single Johnson & Johnson dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
In accordance with previously promised changes, Jenkins said additional protocols will be relaxed. Namely, fully vaccinated students will no longer be required to complete weekly surveillance testing or exit testing beginning Monday, May 10, $15 in flex points will be added to every student’s Irish1 Card Friday evening and Senior Week events will continue as planned since 90% of the senior class has been vaccinated.
Jenkins congratulated students for reaching the vaccination goal, but encouraged them to continue following health protocols through the end of the semester.
“It has been a tremendously challenging year, and I thank you for all you have done to make it successful,” he said in the email, “Your being vaccinated at such a high rate will not only protect you, it will make the campus, the local community and your home communities safer.”