On Thursday, Sept 16., the Meredith College Executive Leadership Team sent an email to students, faculty and staff stating that they are "adding the COVID-19 vaccination to the list of required vaccinations for students, unless religious and/or documented medical exemptions apply. COVID-19 vaccinations will also be required for all employees, except for those with religious or documented medical exemptions." Read the full press release below.
Meredith College will require students and employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the College announced on September 16, 2021.
The new requirement will go into effect at the beginning of the Spring 2022 semester in order to provide those who are not yet vaccinated time to become fully vaccinated.
In the announcement, Meredith leadership emphasized that this decision was made based on science and a belief that vaccination is “the most powerful way yet to stop the pandemic and pursue a return to normal.”
The College waited to implement the vaccination requirement until at least one of the vaccines received full approval from the FDA. However, the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines will satisfy Meredith’s vaccination requirement.
'Now that at least one of the vaccines is fully approved, we have more confidence than ever in their efficacy and their contributions to our families’ and colleagues’ and community’s health,' the announcement said.
Meredith College had previously strongly encouraged COVID-19 vaccinations. To date, nearly 80% of employees and over 73% of students have submitted proof of vaccination.
For more information on Meredith’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement, visit meredith.edu/staying-strong/vaccine-information.