It seems that the COVID-19 vaccine will be forced upon everyone in the future, and their employers and schools will play a role in enforcing the shot. For the forthcoming fall semester in 2021, the Atlanta University Center Consortium, which comprises three historically Black colleges — Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College — will require all students, faculty members, and staff to be vaccinated. The Morehouse School of Medicine and the Robert W. Woodruff Library are both parts of the AUCC.
According to FOX 5 News, the group issued a statement stating that by the start of the school term, all students and staff would have waited two weeks after receiving their second injection in a two-dose sequence or one shot of the single-dose vaccine.
“As AUCC member institutions plan for summer programming and the fall semester, using the latest scientific data to implement vaccination protocols is the next step in keeping our community safe,” the statement read. “Vaccination of our community members is critical to continue meeting our highest priority — maintaining the safety and well-being of our constituents.”
Vaccinations will be available on campus and at the AUCC Student Health and Wellness Center. Officials state there could be situations where students and staff members are excluded from vaccines, according to published reports.
Students at Atlanta’s Emory University will be required to be vaccinated as well. As schools look to relax space constraints in classrooms and dorms, the Georgia schools follow a growing number of universities that now require the COVID-19 vaccine for work and admission. Other universities that need the vaccine before admission include Duke, Cornell, Rutgers, and Northeastern.