A Healthy & Vaccinated Campus Communty
Pivotal to welcoming as many students as possible back to campus this fall is achieving a minimum 90 percent vaccination rate of the campus community.
COVID-19 Vaccine Facts
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 135,000,000 individuals in the United States have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 89,000,000 are fully vaccinated. Here in Massachusetts, more than 2.15 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered. The University recognizes that additional research is necessary.
Achieving a 90% Vaccination Rate for the University Community
The University has set a goal of achieving a minimum 90 percent vaccination rate for the campus community. To reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and the possibility of acute illness of those infected, the University is requiring all members of the campus community to obtain a vaccine prior to their return to campus. Exemptions for medical, religious, moral and freedom of conscience objections are available to members of the community. There are serious medical-moral questions that must be considered in order to form one’s conscience so as to make the best vaccination decisions possible amidst the competing voices surrounding us. Here, too, the University recognizes that additional research is necessary.
Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
- U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Doctrine and for Pro-Life Address the Use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine (USCCB)
- Answers to Key Ethical Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines (USCCB)
- Must Catholics refuse certain COVID-19 vaccines? (Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Director of education and a staff ethicist at the National Catholic Bioethics Center)