NOTRE DAME, INDIANA – This week, the University of Notre Dame says it will require all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to returning to campus in the fall.
The University’s executive officers — President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Charles and Jill Fischer Provost Marie Lynn Miranda, and Executive Vice President Shannon Cullinan — notified the campus community of the requirement in a letter Wednesday. The University will accommodate documented medical or religious exemptions. The needful vaccine is for all undergraduate, graduate, and professional — returning to campus for the fall 2021 semester to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
All students — undergraduate, graduate and professional — returning to campus for the fall 2021 semester are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
— Notre Dame (@NotreDame) April 7, 2021
The announcement comes in advance of the University opening a clinic Thursday (April 8) with the Pfizer-BioNTech two-dose vaccine, making it especially easy for current students to meet the vaccine requirement.
The vaccination clinic will use the Compton Family Ice Arena and will administer the first doses from April 8 to 15, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Second doses will be administered from April 29 to May 6.
Notre Dame officials encouraged students to be vaccinated at the clinic in the coming weeks.
In a press release on Wednesday, April 7, Notre Dame’s president Father Jenkins was quoted saying: “The safety of the University and local communities is always our highest priority,” “Requiring students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 is a new and important addition to our health policies, one that we believe will enhance public health at Notre Dame and in our community, while also contributing to our ability to return to a more vibrant campus environment.”
Also in the press release, the new COVID vaccine is likened to hepatitis B, chickenpox, tetanus, and other well-established immunizations that the university already requires its students to have.
The University of Notre Dame is not the only university requiring vaccines. The following universities are also requiring vaccines include Rutgers University, Cornell University, Brown University, and Northeastern University. These schools will enforce their new policy by expecting all students to have valid documentation of their vaccination. Now the choices for students attending these schools have been taken away and, if they want to pursue an education at one of these universities, they have to comply with the new vaccination requirements.