CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — University of Virginia (UVA) officials announced Thursday that all students who live, learn, or work in person on campus during the next academic year must be fully vaccinated before returning to campus grounds.
The policy will go into effect starting July 1.
“This approach will enable our students to return to a residential academic setting where they can live, study, and gather together safely.”Email signed by UVA President Jim Ryan, Provost Liz Magill, Chief Operating Officer J.J. Davis, and Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. K. Craig Kent on May 20, 2021
The email says that students who are not fully vaccinated and do not qualify for an exemption will not be permitted to come to school grounds after July 1.
Students must upload proof of vaccination to the HealthyHoos Patient Portal no later than July 1. Students can request a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement. If an exemption is granted, they will be subject to weekly COVID-19 testing requirements and likely other public health measures.
The university says more details about the exemption process will be available no later than June 15.
Although COVID-19 vaccinations are strongly encouraged for UVA employees, the university says that they are not yet required.
On Friday, UVA announced that community members who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear masks indoors and outdoors, per updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.