TO UPDATE: Randolph College announced Thursday that its students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the fall semester.
In a message to the campus community, Bradley Bateman, president of Randolph College said, “We believe vaccination is key to keeping our community safe, healthy, and personal. In a residential setting like ours, widespread vaccination is critical to stopping the flow of pandemic and protecting our college community. “
At this point, the message said, Randolph College is not asking its staff to be vaccinated, but is encouraging those people to get the vaccine as soon as possible. Students with religious or medical exemptions are not required to receive the vaccine, he said, but they will undergo mandatory weekly COVID-19 tests during the academic year.
EARLIER: The University of Lynchburg announced Thursday that vaccines will be mandatory for the fall semester of 2021 and many of its COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted.
In a campus-wide email, University of Lynchburg President Alison Morrison-Shetlar said the university will “return to the living experience that is at the core of the Lynchburg experience.”
According to an announcement on the university’s website, all students, faculty, and staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they are religiously or medically exempt.