College students, Employees, and Colleges Required for the COVID-19 Vaccine – The Official Scholar Newspaper of Indiana College South Bend

From: Kate Luce

Editor-in-chief

Indiana University announced that students, staff, and faculties must receive the COVID-19 vaccine for the upcoming fall semester.

This announcement will allow many of the COVID-19 social distancing and masking requirements to be relaxed at all universities.

Everyone must have their first dose of the vaccine no later than July 1st for full immunity to be achieved by August 15th. The Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson shots are all approved for use, and students, staff, and faculties outside of the United States can be vaccinated with any World Health Organization or FDA approved vaccine.

As soon as someone receives a shot, they must report it to the COVID-19 vaccination report, which can be accessed through One.IU. Students, staff, and faculty are required to upload a photo of their COVID-19 vaccination card, which the CDC will issue upon receipt of the first dose.

IU stated in their press release that any student who does not meet the requirements in the fall will cancel class registration, cancel access to CrimsonCard, access IU systems (IU email, canvas, Adobe programs, etc.) and this is not allowed to participate in activities on campus.

IU also stated for staff and faculties that are not compliant that their employment with IU will be terminated. Remote working and failure to meet the COVID-19 vaccine requirement are not an option for Fall 2021.

However, exceptions to the COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be announced on June 15. Exceptions are narrowly defined, including medical reasons with medical documentation and documented religious reasons.

All vaccines are approved for people over the age of 18. The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine approved for people between the ages of 12 and 17. Vaccines are relatively available across the country.

If you live in Indiana, visit ourshot.in.gov to plan your vaccine. If you are outside of Indiana, visit pharmacfinder.org.

On site, the Civil Rights Heritage Center will host a Johnson and Johnson Clinic for ages 18+ and a Pfizer Vaccination Clinic for ages 12-17 from May 27-29, 9 am-6pm.

Walk-ins to the clinic are available, but those wishing to attend this clinic are encouraged to make an appointment via 211 or https://scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov/Locations/ISDH1821.

More information about the vaccine and other frequently asked questions can be found at: https://www.iu.edu/covid/faq/index.html#vaccine-req.

In addition to this resource, Ask Aaron will be answering all of your COVID-19 vaccine questions on May 24th at 8 p.m. Dr. Aaron Carroll and Dr. Lana Dbeibo, Head of IU’s Medical Response Team, will host this forum. Registration for this event was attached to IU’s announcement of the COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

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