Many universities and colleges in the United States are releasing blanket vaccination requirements for students, faculty, and staff as the fall semester is fast approaching. The mandate was first implemented at Rutgers University in New Jersey and, soon after, more higher education institutions followed suit.
Studies have shown that the university setting is at high risk for virus transmission, especially those that have students coming from other parts of the globe. Even before the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, colleges and universities have mandated vaccination against measles, rubella, and other viral diseases.
Although mandatory vaccination is whirling political and polarizing opinions, a recently published article from The Washington Post attested that it is legal for universities to impose mandatory immunization even for vaccines that are only approved for emergency use.
So, which colleges and universities are requiring students to vaccinate?
As of press time, there are 221 campuses that have rolled out such mandatory immunization against COVID-19, including:
- Stanford University
- California Institute of Technology
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- University of California at Berkeley
- Yale University
- Princeton University
- Johns Hopkins University
- University of Pennsylvania
- The University of California, Los Angeles
- Columbia University
For the full list, which will be updated as needed, you can check out this link.
The large-scale rollout of vaccinations is expected to benefit the recovery of most HEIs especially in ramping up international recruitment of students. As widespread vaccination promotes herd immunity, this step inspires confidence and serves as a light at the end of the tunnel amid a pandemic-stricken world.