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Carnegie Mellon to require all students to be vaccinated in order to enroll

PITTSBURGH — Officials with Carnegie Mellon University announced they are requiring that all students be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enroll for the fall semester.

In a notice posted on the school’s website, officials said this will help them play for resuming in-person classes:

“Consistent with scientific evidence on the importance of vaccine adoption to control spread of the virus, to the extent permissible by law, Carnegie Mellon University will require all enrolled students to be vaccinated for COVID-19, effective this fall semester. This policy will apply to all undergraduate and graduate students in U.S.-based programs. CMU regularly updates the vaccines required by university policy, which will be updated by July 15th for the 2021-22 academic year. CMU’s global locations will communicate vaccine requirements to its student bodies separately consistent with their regional contexts.”

This makes CMU the first college or university in the region to require students to get vaccinated.

Officials at the University of Pittsburgh have recommended and strongly urged students to get vaccinated, but haven’t made it a requirement. In the following statement, they said they are working closely with public health leaders.

“With the goal to provide an in-person experience in the fall term, our senior leadership team is carefully reviewing a number of options related to the vaccination of our community.”

Point Park University said that it hasn’t made any decisions yet, and will continue to follow guidance from its health partners.

CMU says that students who aren’t vaccinated upon returning will have the opportunity to get it in the weeks leading up to the start of the semester.