Village News staff 

U.S. colleges divided over requiring student vaccinations


Last updated 4/14/2021 at 10:33pm

doctor receives the COVID-19 vaccine

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A doctor receives the COVID-19 vaccine at Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley Friday, Dec. 18.

U.S. colleges hoping for a return to normalcy next fall are weighing how far they should go in urging students to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including whether they should – or legally can – require it.

Universities, including Rutgers, Brown, Cornell and Northeastern, recently told students they must get vaccinated before returning to campus next fall. They hope to achieve herd immunity on campus, which they say would allow them to loosen spacing restrictions in classrooms and dorms.

But some colleges are leaving the decision to students, and others believe they can't legally require vacc...

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