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Vermont State Colleges System to require COVID vaccinations for students

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 5:53 PM EDT
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RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) - The Vermont State Colleges System will require all 1,000-plus students to get the COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend school in person this fall.

VSCS, one of the last colleges in the state to make the decision, originally said they would only require the vaccine once the emergency use authorization was lifted by the FDA. But come this fall, all Northern Vermont University, Castleton University, and Vermont Tech students must show proof of a vaccination card.

Officials say an uptick in cases and the spread of the delta variant were variables that helped prompt the decision.

The board says since most students return in less than 30 days -- and some in under two weeks -- there will need to be some leeway. “We would indeed issue this to the institution so that it can take effect immediately so that the students have as much awareness and time to prepare as possible,” said VSCS’ Patty Turley.

There will be a religious and health exemption and faculty members will be encouraged to get vaccinated as well.

The Community College of Vermont is part of the VSCS, but they will not be requiring vaccination since their school is formatted for day students and not those living on campus.

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