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St. John’s to Require Students Returning for Fall Classes to Be Vaccinated for COVID-19

St. John’s University will require students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before returning to campus in the fall. (Courtesy of St. John’s University)

April 28, 2021 By Allie Griffin

Students attending St. John’s University in the fall will need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before class begins.

The university announced last Wednesday that all students who plan to attend in-person classes next semester will be required to be fully vaccinated. COVID-19 shots are now available to all New Yorkers aged 16 and up.

“St. John’s will require all students to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, and, to provide proof of vaccination before returning to campus for the fall semester,” Rev. Brian Shanley, president of St. John’s University, said.

The Queens-based university is one of the latest colleges in a growing list to require students to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. New York University, Columbia University, The New School and Rutgers University are others mandating all students to get vaccinated.

St. John’s students will need to show proof of vaccination before starting the fall semester.

The university will make exemptions for students on the basis of religious beliefs and for those who show proof of a documented medical condition. The vaccine requirement doesn’t apply to students enrolled in fully-online degree programs.

The college received doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday and will make the doses available to students. Students will be sent information about scheduling a vaccine appointment with the university.

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