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Notre Dame to require COVID-19 vaccine for all students

University of Notre Dame
Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WPTA21) - The University of Notre Dame will require that all students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before they can return to campus this fall.

Administrators on Wednesday said the requirement applies to those enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, though accommodations will be made for those with documented medical or religious reasons for seeking exemption.

“The safety of the University and local communities is always our highest priority,” President Rev. John Jenkins said. “Requiring students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 is a new and important addition to our health policies, one that we believe will enhance public health at Notre Dame and in our community, while also contributing to our ability to return to a more vibrant campus environment.”

Notre Dame this week launches an on-campus clinic that will help administer the Pfizer 2-does vaccine to students.

It's not the only vaccine requirement for those enrolled there.

The university already requires immunization for hepatitis B, meningitis, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and chicken pox, and last fall required all students to receive the flu vaccine, again with medical and religious exemptions.

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Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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