As we continue planning for the fall semester, Le Moyne College will require all undergraduate and graduate students to have the COVID-19 vaccine by the opening of the fall 2021 semester. Exemptions based on medical and religious reasons will be accommodated, but we expect the majority of students on campus to be vaccinated, greatly reducing the risk of infection for everyone.
“Our primary goal is the health and safety of our students, and we look forward to welcoming both new and returning students to an on-campus experience that is academically challenging and personally fulfilling,” said Le Moyne President Linda LeMura. “By requiring the vaccine, we will make great strides toward meeting this goal.”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the College has established a strong relationship with Onondaga County Health Department, which held an on-campus clinic in April for students and employees that resulted in nearly 300 vaccinations. Within Onondaga County there is an ample supply of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, so anyone currently attending Le Moyne can be vaccinated before they return home in May. The College can assist current students with making an appointment and providing transportation if needed.
As the year progresses, it is expected that vaccines will become increasingly available in New York for all individuals over the age of 16. The supply of the vaccine is also increasing in other states, so first-year students should have vaccine options available before arriving on campus in August. The College will be ready to assist students who do not have access to the vaccine when they arrive on campus in August. Find a vaccine site near you at this link.
“It isn’t only for the Le Moyne community that we have chosen this path, it is also for the greater good of all our neighbors,” said LeMura. “As Pope Francis said early this year, ‘I believe that morally everyone must take the vaccine. It is the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others.’ ”
A decision on whether faculty, administrators and staff will be required to be vaccinated is forthcoming. The College strongly encourages all employees to get the vaccine as soon as possible.
Le Moyne will continue to work closely with the county and state on ensuring compliance with all health and safety mandates pertaining to the pandemic. The College’s COVID Office will continue to closely monitor trends and the spread of the virus and its variants. While the College has previously announced its plan for the fall semester, a more detailed plan for fall 2021 will be released over the summer that takes the fluid nature of the situation into account.