Dartmouth College to require COVID booster shots for all by end of January

Published: 12/18/2021 6:10:19 AM
Modified: 12/18/2021 6:10:05 AM

HANOVER — Dartmouth College is requiring students, faculty and staff to get COVID-19 boosters by the end of next month or within 30 days of becoming eligible, according to a Friday email from college leaders.

The college also is suspending all indoor social gatherings through Jan. 18, the email from Interim Provost David Kotz and Executive Vice President Rick Mills said. Outdoor gatherings are still allowed. The college also plans to offer grab-and-go-only dining for the first two weeks of January.

The announcements come amid news that the more transmissible omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is in the Twin States. In addition, both states are seeing the highest number of cases and hospitalizations they have seen since the pandemic began.

Amid surges in cases, several colleges switched from in-person to remote instruction this week. Dartmouth is still planning to move forward with an in-person winter term, Kotz and Mills wrote. Undergraduates have been on break since last month. Still, the college has seen 59 new cases in the past week, the bulk of them in employees.

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