Vermont Business Magazine The Executive Committee of the University of Vermont’s Board of Trustees today endorsed a requirement that students be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by the time they arrive on campus for the Fall semester.
“I have consulted with medical and public health experts at the university and in the state,” said UVM President Suresh Garimella. “The risk is simply too high to take chances with COVID-19, especially with thousands of our students coming from other states where vaccination rates are lower than ours.”
Vermont leads the nation in vaccination rates. Currently, over 80 percent of residents have had at least one dose of vaccine. About two thirds have had the full dose, according to the Vermont Department of Health.
“A fully vaccinated student population on our campus is the best way to continue to protect the health of students, employees, and the broader Burlington community against COVID-19,” said Garimella. “And it is the most effective way to ensure a vibrant campus experience for our students.”
UVM will be communicating with students and families about the requirement in the coming days.
Burlington Mayor Weinberger issued the following statement regarding the UVM Board of Trustees Executive Committee’s decision:
“I welcome the announcement that UVM will require all students to be vaccinated to attend classes this fall. COVID vaccines have proven themselves to be extraordinarily safe and effective, including against known variants such as the more transmissible Delta variant, and having the entire student body inoculated will help keep community infection rates at very low levels this upcoming fall and winter. I continue to strongly urge all other unvaccinated Vermonters to protect themselves and the community by getting a shot as soon as possible."
About the University of Vermont
Since 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. UVM’s strengths align with the most pressing needs of our time: the health of our societies and the health of our environment. Our size—large enough to offer a breadth of ideas, resources, and opportunities, yet intimate enough to enable close faculty-student mentorship across all levels of study—allows us to pursue these interconnected issues through cross-disciplinary research and collaboration. Providing an unparalleled educational experience for our students, and ensuring their success, are at the core of what we do. As one of the nation’s first land grant universities, UVM advances Vermont—and the broader society—through the discovery and application of new knowledge.
UVM is derived from the Latin “Universitas Viridis Montis” (University of the Green Mountains)
Source: UVM. Burlington. 7.16.2021 www.uvm.edu