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.

To reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and the possibility of acute illness if you are infected, the University will require that all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated by Monday, August 2. Students must be fully vaccinated two weeks prior to their return to campus. To be fully vaccinated, individuals must have received all required vaccine doses and two weeks have passed after the final vaccination. Medical or religious exemptions - including moral and conscientious objections - will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

DIOCESE OF WORCESTER: FORMING CONSCIENCES ON COVID VACCINES

Moral Considerations Regarding the New COVID-19 Vaccines

Please review the below information provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on considerations one should examine before choosing one of the COVID-19 vaccines. 

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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.
 

VACCINE INFORMATION FROM THE DIOCESE

Do the COVID-19 vaccines contain aborted fetal cells? (No)

A valid question that has been asked by many. Learn more from infectious disease expert James Lawler, MD.

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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. 

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Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Resources