By Naniyah McClain
Student Lifestyle Editor
On Thurs., March 25, Rutgers University announced that all students who live or take in-person classes on campus will be required to be vaccinated for the fall semester, according to usatoday.com.
Faculty and staff members are required to be vaccinated as well.
The mandate is the first in the nation, according to the American College Health Association (ACHA).
“While we know it has been a topic of discussion among campus decision-makers, at this point in time, we are not aware of any other colleges or universities that are mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for students,” Rachel Mack, a spokeswoman for the ACHA, said in an email to usatoday.com.
The school plans to reopen 3 of its campuses in the fall. There will be a limit of case-by-case exemptions for religious or medical purposes. Students who are enrolled in fully remote courses will not be required to take the vaccine, according to abcnews.com.
With over 71,000 students, it’s the largest university in New Jersey.
Vaccination will help play a key part in continuing to operate a safe campus and help return operations to a “pre-pandemic normal,” abcnews.com continues.
Rutgers taking the first step to make sure that every student, faculty and staff member is vaccinated will provide a sense of normalcy back to their campus and will influence other colleges/universities to do the same.
Will other colleges follow the same requirements that Rutgers University will implement?
There were 4,000 new positive COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, with 363 new cases in Bergen County.
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*Numbers according to Google Statistics.
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Art by Naniyah McClain