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University to require COVID-19 vaccinations for fall semester

Seton Hall will require every member of the University community to receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the fall semester, the Executive Cabinet announced in an email to students Friday. Exemptions will be made for religious, health, and “personal” reasons.

The announcement comes one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance to allow fully vaccinated individuals to remove masks and stop social distancing in most settings.

Prospective students tour Seton Hall's South Orange campus on Saturday, Oct. 24 after the University saw its worst week yet of the pandemic. (Nicholas Kerr/Editor-in-Chief)

“Yesterday’s CDC announcement is a vivid reminder of the benefits that come with being vaccinated,” the announcement said. “Widespread vaccinations provide the clearest and shortest path to resuming activities we enjoy.”

A Setonian poll conducted in late April found that 68% of students favor a vaccine requirement for the fall, with only ten percent opposed.

Among the 15% of students who said they might not get the vaccine, 58% indicated that they would not get the vaccine even if it were to be required for a return to campus in the fall.

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