Fifteen neighborhood school presidents, members of the Massachusetts Affiliation of Group Schools, introduced that their establishments haven’t any plans to require college students or staff to get vaccinated towards the coronavirus.
“It’s important that we meet the wants of all of our college students, who are sometimes from the communities hit hardest by this pandemic and dealing with disproportionate entry to the COVID-19 vaccine,” the presidents mentioned in a press release launched Tuesday by the affiliation. “And now, it’s extra essential than ever to prioritize fairness, and creating further obstacles for our college students would go towards our critically essential mission of open entry for all.”
Nonetheless, the campus leaders mentioned they “strongly urge” college students, school members and workers to get vaccinated. All Massachusetts residents, ages 16 and up, grew to become eligible for the vaccine as of Monday.
“Widespread vaccinations and continued security precautions will permit our faculties to securely repopulate our campuses and proceed to supply the high-quality schooling that our college students need and deserve,” the assertion learn. “As we now have proven all through this pandemic, campus planning will all the time be guided, firstly, by the well being and security of our complete school neighborhood.”
The announcement comes amid a stream of others from higher education institutions, clarifying whether or not college students must be vaccinated ahead of the upcoming fall semester. This week, George Washington College in Washington, D.C.; Lehigh College in Pennsylvania; and Yale College in Connecticut all issued vaccine mandates.
In Massachusetts, a number of universities are requiring scholar vaccinations, together with Boston College, Northeastern College and Assumption College.