Vermont Law School to require students to be vaccinated against COVID

Published: 6/28/2021 10:00:31 PM
Modified: 6/28/2021 10:00:35 PM

SOUTH ROYALTON — Vermont Law School will require that all students, faculty and staff on campus be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Aug. 23, according to a statement from the interim president. 

“I made this decision in what I believe to be the best interests of our community, and with the goal of resuming normal operations at our school,” said Beth McCormack, the school’s interim president, in the June 14 statement.

Members of the South Royalton-based school community may apply for medical or religious exemptions. In addition, McCormack said she understands that some people do not want to be vaccinated and she committed to “showing respect for their decisions and doing my best to find a solution that works for them and the school.”   

Separately, Vermont Technical College, which has residential campuses in Randolph and Williston, Vt., is requiring that all enrolled students be vaccinated once the Food and Drug Administration grants permanent approval, rather than emergency use authorization, to at least one of the currently available vaccines, according to a June 15 COVID-19 update posted to the school’s website. Students will be able to make requests for medical and religious exemptions.

Elsewhere in the Upper Valley, both Dartmouth College in Hanover and Colby-Sawyer College in New London are requiring vaccinations of both employees and students ahead of the fall term.

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