On Friday, Duke University announced all students who plan on returning next semester will need to show proof they have been inoculated against COVID-19.
Vincent Price, the President of Duke, released a statement along with the announcement: “Looking ahead, we know that widespread vaccination will be the only way to facilitate a return to normal and robust campus life.”
According to ABC 11 Eyewitness News, the requirement will extend from undergraduate students to professional students who intend on returning to the campus.
Proof of vaccination will have to be presented to the campus’ Student Health before being able to enroll; documented medical and religious exemptions will be accommodated.
In an interview with ABC11, University spokesperson Michael Schoenfeld said both students and faculty have been given ample opportunity to receive the vaccine.
“We believe vaccinations are the best and most effective way for us to continue our path to return to normal. They are effective, they are available to everyone.”
We spoke tonight 1-1 with @Mike_Schoenfeld about @DukeU decision to require undergrad and grad students to come back to Fall 2021 Semester with their #CovidVaccine.
"Vaccinations are the best and most effective way for us to continue on the path to returning to normal" #abc11 pic.twitter.com/UztIozNZMd
— Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinABC11) April 10, 2021
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The recent vaccination requirement is one of Duke’s drastic efforts to combat COVID-19 spread. In March, the university issued a stay-in-place order for the span of a week after experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases.
“The past fourteen months have been among the most difficult and exhausting in our university’s history. Under great stress, and often at great peril, we have remained committed to each other-and to our missions of discovery, research, and patient care,” Price finished in his statement. “Today, I ask you to join me in taking the next step toward ensuring the safety and vitality of our university community.”
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