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Randolph to require COVID-19 vaccine for students for fall 2021

The following message was sent to members of the Randolph community this afternoon: 

Dear Randolph community members,

I am incredibly proud of our community for its commitment and perseverance this past academic year. Working and learning at a college during a global pandemic requires the dedication of everyone in order to create a safe environment and protect all members of our Randolph family. Thanks to each of you, we were able to successfully complete our spring semester in person. 

We believe vaccinations are key to keeping our community safe, healthy, and in person. In a residential setting such as ours, broad immunization is critical to help stop the current pandemic and to protect our College community. 

Therefore, in support of Randolph’s commitment to health and safety for all members of its community, we will require the COVID-19 vaccination for students. This health policy update means that, with limited exceptions, all students planning to attend in the fall 2021 semester must be fully vaccinated. Though we are not requiring the vaccination for employees at this time, we continue to strongly urge all Randolph faculty and staff to get immunized against COVID-19 at the earliest opportunity

Those who have approved medical or religious exemptions will not have to require proof of the vaccination. However, these individuals (including students, faculty, and staff) will be subject to mandatory, weekly COVID-19 testing during the academic year. In addition, these individuals will be required to wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, and adhere to quarantine requirements if exposed to the virus. Those students with issues obtaining the vaccine should contact Ruby Bryant, health center director, at rbryant@randolphcollege.edu as soon as possible.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Because the length of time for full efficacy can take as long as six weeks after the first shot, we recommend that students have their first shot no later than July 1, and earlier if you plan to be on campus before the regular move-in date. To find a vaccine center near you, please see https://www.vaccines.gov/. Information is also available about the vaccine on the CDC website. Details about how to submit vaccination records and move-in will be sent in the coming weeks. 

I thank each of you for helping us create the safest possible learning community. I look forward to returning in the fall to the vibrant, energetic campus environment that we enjoyed pre-COVID-19. Have a wonderful summer. 

Brad

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