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Yale to require coronavirus vaccinations for faculty, staff

May 15, 2021 GMT

Yale University is requiring its faculty and staff to get coronavirus vaccinations before the fall term, extending a requirement already imposed for students.

The private university announced the new requirement Friday. It said faculty members, staffers and academic trainees must be fully inoculated by Aug. 1, though there are provisions for exemptions for reasons based on medical conditions or religious or “strongly held” personal beliefs.

Many Yale staffers are in unions. The university said it was discussing the implementation of the policy with them.

“As a leading global research university, we have a responsibility to demonstrate to others the importance of taking actions based on evidence,” and there’s plenty of it showing the vaccines are safe and effective at preventing the virus’s spread, Yale President Peter Salovey and Provost Scott Strobel wrote in a letter to the Yale community.

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The Ivy League school announced last month that students must get vaccinated by the start of the fall semester, when Yale plans a full return to on-campus life and teaching.

Over 350 colleges and universities around the country are requiring vaccinations for students, at least those living on-campus, but mandates for employees are rarer, according to information compiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education. It doesn’t show any other Connecticut universities or colleges requiring workers or faculty members to get shots.

The Hartford Courant says few Connecticut businesses have announced employee vaccination mandates.