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Penn State Vaccine Requirement?

As Penn State makes plans to bring more Students back to Campus in the Fall, will they be facing an added requirement? With Penn State talking about the Fall plans with a resumption of in-person classes, will Students also be required to be vaccinated?

At the University COVID Information Webinar last week, it was the first topic discussed — Students and a Vaccination Requirement. Penn State President Eric Barron replying: “We will begin to explore those options, but it’s too early to say something about a requirement.”

Another issue involved not unique to Penn State, or Colleges, or Pennsylvania — Vaccine Hesitancy. Pa acting Secretary of Health Allison Beam saying: “Some of our rural areas are going to be hardest to reach communities, so how do we collectively partner on making sure folks understand what the facts and the science are, that the Health and Safety of our Communities is reliant on us getting vaccinated.”

The Bryce Jordan Center is able to host vaccination events because Penn State bought freezers for Vaccines early. University Administrators point out the State hasn’t yet made Vaccines available to Colleges, specifically for Student Vaccinations. The University has a 20 member Task Force, Students, Faculty, and Administrators working on COVID related issues. Expect to hear more form them and the University in coming weeks on a Vaccination Requirement.

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