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Notre Dame To Require COVID-19 Vaccine For Faculty And Staff In Fall 2021

Notre Dame
Jennifer Weingart

The University of Notre Dame will require all faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of the fall semester. 

The university announced last month it would require all undergraduate, graduate and professional students to be vaccinated in order to enroll for fall classes. At the time, faculty and staff were strongly encouraged, but not required, to get the vaccine.

In a letter sent to faculty and staff on Thursday, university officials asked those returning for the fall semester to provide proof of full vaccination no later than Aug. 2, three weeks before the start of classes. 

The letter says faculty and staff may apply for an exemption for "medical, religious or other strongly held beliefs." Those granted an exemption will undergo regular COVID-19 surveillance testing and will still be required to wear masks indoors on campus. 

The announcement comes after 90 percent of Notre Dame's student body received the two-dose Pfizer vaccine over the last two months. The university hasn't reported a positive COVID-19 case since May 7.

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Gemma DiCarlo came to Indiana by way of Athens, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2020 with a degree in Journalism and certificates in New Media and Sustainability. She has radio experience from her time as associate producer of Athens News Matters, the flagship public affairs program at WUGA-FM.
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