Local colleges still weighing whether students must be vaccinated

Written by on April 21, 2021

Local colleges still weighing whether students must be vaccinated

By Ben Stemrich

April 21, 2021

Image by Willfried Wende from Pixabay

Updated April 21, 11:45 a.m.

Lehigh University has announced they will require students to be vaccinated for in-person classes in the fall. Read the full announcement.

This is a developing story and we will provide updates we we get them.

Gov. Tom  Wolf has encouraged college students to try and get vaccinated by the end of this semester. But universities and colleges in the Lehigh Valley aren’t making the vaccine mandatory so far.

Listen to the story.

Some prominent universities like the University of Notre Dame, and Columbia University are requiring students to get COVID vaccines.

But Cedar Crest College in Allentown isn’t ready to make that step. Here’s Audra Kahr, CFO.

“The vaccine is still in emergency use. And at this time the campus has made the determination that we are strongly encouraging the vaccination for our students and employees, but we are not at this point requiring the vaccination,” says Audra Kahr, chief financial officer and chief operating officer, at Cedar Crest. 

The college is collecting data that suggest the majority of students have received at least one shot, she says.

“Luckily for Cedar Crest, we had a really low incidence rate on campus despite being open. But a lot of that is compliance, following CDC guidelines,” she says.

Muhlenberg and Lafayette college officials say they are monitoring the situation carefully and no decision has been made yet.

Lehigh and De Sales universities are expected to provide updates on the issue later this week. 

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