May 3, 2021

A Message from the President Concerning Student Vaccinations for Fall 2021

Earlier today, the College sent the following message to students enrolled in its traditional undergraduate program.

Dear Students,

As we near the conclusion of the Spring 2021 semester, I wish to thank you for your daily observance of COVID-19 health protocols. Your efforts have kept our infection rates extremely low and enabled on-campus learning, research and living to continue without disruption. 

As I noted in March, the College is planning for a full resumption of face-to-face classes for the Fall 2021 semester, as well as a full slate of co-curricular activities and events and a return to near-normal capacities in the residence halls. As a critical next step in ensuring the safety and vibrancy of the Emmanuel educational experience, the College today announces that the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for all students enrolled in classes for the 2021-2022 academic year.

It has been remarkable to witness the development and distribution of safe and effective vaccines over this past year. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, all individuals above the age of 16 are now eligible to be vaccinated. Further information on how to secure a vaccine is available via the state’s website. In addition, Emmanuel College will offer an all-day on-campus vaccination clinic on Thursday, May 6th. Members of the Emmanuel College community can book an appointment using the link sent via email.

It is our expectation that all students returning to campus in the fall will be fully vaccinated by Wednesday, August 4, 2021. As with other vaccines required by the College, students may be granted exemptions for medical or religious reasons. Students seeking an exemption should contact Health Services. It is important that students upload vaccine documentation to the Health Services portal once all necessary doses have been received. For further information on the College’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, please consult these Frequently Asked Questions

By vaccinating, we protect ourselves and those who are most vulnerable. Thank you for your continued commitment to a healthy and safe environment both on and beyond our campus.

Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN

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