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Canisius reverses course, will mandate vaccine for spring semester

After not requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for the fall semester, Canisius will require it for spring semester. Photo: Sarah Lynch

In an email sent out to the Canisius community, President Hurley has announced a vaccine requirement for the spring 2022 semester.

Due to the rise of the Delta variant and a decline in vaccination rates campus-wide, the college has chosen to require the vaccine for both part-time and full-time faculty, staff and students. Hurley said “The situation has changed rather dramatically in the past several weeks. Breakthrough cases are increasing as the Delta variant continues to be a threat.”

The mandate for faculty and staff requires proof of full vaccination status to be reported by Nov. 22, 2021. For students this will be required by Jan. 18th, 2022, the first day of the spring 2022 semester.

Due to federal standards, medical and religious exemptions will be considered. However, those who receive an exemption will be required to test weekly and submit their results. Additional information on this will be provided in the future.

To conclude the email, President Hurley said “It is clear this is a vital step for our community if we wish to maintain a rich and fulfilling on-campus experience. I hope that we can all cooperate in achieving this goal.”

This story will be updated.

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