“In order to achieve the high levels of vaccination needed to protect our community, Harvard will require that all students who will be on campus this fall be vaccinated,” the university announced Wednesday. According to the statement, exemptions will only be granted for medical or religious reasons.
Previously, other Ivy League universities, such as Yale, Columbia and Princeton, have already introduced such a vaccination requirement.
Before returning to campus, students must be fully immunized with a vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or the World Health Organization (WHO). This means at least two weeks must have passed since the last dose of vaccine was administered, the university statement added.
For international students and those who do not have access to a vaccine before the fall arrival, the university will offer them the opportunity to get immunized upon arrival.