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Notre Dame to require students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WPTA21) – Notre Dame is joining a growing list of universities that are requiring students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

This week, Notre Dame notified all students — undergraduate and beyond — who are returning to campus in fall 2021 need to be vaccinated.

“The safety of the University and local communities is always our highest priority,” President John Jenkins said. “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.”

The University said it will accommodate documented medical or religious exemptions.

The school is hosting a vaccine clinic Thursday for current students.

Students are asked to show proof of their shots through the school’s online tool.

Notre Dame also requires enrolled students to be immunized for hepatitis B, meningitis, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and chicken pox, and last fall required all students to receive the flu vaccine, again with medical and religious exemptions.

Rutgers University was the first college to announce a coronavirus vaccine policy.

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