Patrick Henry Community College says masks, vaccines optional following VCCS guidance

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The 23 community colleges around the Commonwealth — including Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) — received directives on Tuesday about COVID-19 vaccines and face coverings from Virginia’s Community College System (VCCS).

According to the guidance issued on Tuesday, May 25, Virginia’s community colleges will not require coronavirus vaccines or proof of vaccination to work, learn, or conduct business on campus.

In addition, PHCC says those who are fully-vaccinated are no longer required to wear masks while at the college, but if you feel safer wearing a mask, you are encouraged to do so.

These directives were the result of consultation with the community college presidents and senior leaders across the 23 colleges, reflecting statements made by the CDC, the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management, and Gov. Ralph Northam’s office, according to PHCC.

“I believe it is in the best interests of our faculty, staff, and students to encourage everyone to get their COVID-19 vaccine. However, we will not require an individual to be vaccinated to attend or to work at one of our colleges,” VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois said in a statement.

PHCC’s president, Dr. Angeline Godwin, says the college will immediately transition to keep in line with the VCCS’ directives.

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