Now that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, newly branded as Comirnaty, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this does not change the lack of a vaccine requirement for students, faculty and staff at Meredith College.
When asked about vaccine requirements, Melyssa Allen, Director of News at Meredith College, said, “Meredith continues to strongly encourage all students, faculty and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccinations of their choice…Campus leaders hope the FDA approval will help individuals who have been hesitant about vaccination to decide to get vaccinated now.” She also stated that Meredith is looking into holding another COVID-19 vaccine clinic on campus. A previous clinic was held in April 2021 where the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was offered to faculty, staff and students.
At the time of this article’s publishing, the vaccination rate for students at Meredith is 73.6% and the vaccination rate for faculty and staff is 79.4%. In the meantime, information about vaccine availability can be found on the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) website. If any changes are made to Meredith’s COVID-19 Community Standards or safety requirements, those changes will be communicated to students and employees.
By Freya Dahlgren, Staff Writer