HICKORY, NC - Lenoir-Rhyne University will require all faculty staff and students to get the COVID-19 vaccine before the Fall 2021 semester starts on August 23. This decision is made after consulting with public health officials, university leadership, and the executive committee of board trustees.
This step is taken to curb the spread of COVID-19, especially the highly contagious Delta variant, and to protect the community within and outside the campus. More than 500 colleges and universities are requiring vaccination across the county.
During the announcement, LR University President, Dr. Fred Whitt said that requiring vaccination will allow the campus to return to in-person classes, to hold events and gathering without physical distancing, masks, and testing. "We want to do our part as a campus community to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our LR community and the broader community," Whitt added.
Campus community members are required to complete the vaccination process by August 16, meaning that two weeks must have passed after receiving the last shot of Pfizer or Moderna, or after the first shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Staff and students with health conditions or religious restrictions are allowed to request vaccine exemption, given that they can show legitimate proof.
As of today, over 1,000 LR faculty members, staff and students have been vaccinated. Fully vaccinated individuals can stop both wearing a mask and maintaining physical distancing. Quarantine is also not required should they get into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.
Students need to submit their vaccination proof online, while faculty and staff can submit their vaccination proof through Paycom. Visit LR University's website to learn more about the vaccine requirement.
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