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Vermont Public Colleges Mandate Coronavirus Vaccine For This Fall

July 26, 2021

If you want to go to a state college in Vermont this fall, then being vaccinated is a must — with few exceptions.

Castleton University, Northern Vermont University, and Vermont Technical College will require students to be fully-vaccinated against coronavirus to attend school there, as NBC 5 reports.

“We support and continue to support in the interest of public health that the vaccines be mandated following suit of UVM and almost every college in the state,” Dennis Proulx, dean of students at Castleton University, told NBC 5.

The University of Vermont announced July 16 that all students entering or returning during the fall 2021 semester must be vaccinated. UVM is also advising faculty and staff members to get vaccinated, though the school is not currently requiring that.

The report says that the schools will consider religious and medical exemptions.

The mandate does not apply to private colleges and universities in the state.

Yet Middlebury College, which is private, is already requiring students, faculty, and staff members to get vaccinated, unless they have a medical or religious exemption. Bennington College, which is also private, has announced a similar policy on coronavirus vaccination for the fall 2021 semester. So have Norwich University and St. Michael’s College.

 

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