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Westminster encourages but won't mandate vaccinations

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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Westminster College will not require students to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination at the start of the fall semester. However, campus leaders say they hope everyone who can get it will.

"We don't plan [to require proof of vaccination at the start of the fall semester] at this time," said President Kathy Richardson. "We just strongly encourage everyone that can to be vaccinated. And that's the policy that we're using for faculty and staff as well."

Westminster will return to a full schedule of in-class classes in the fall. College officials stated last week that they anticipate a return to a more normal campus experience for students.

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that anyone in Pennsylvania over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive the vaccine on April 19.

Meanwhile, some universities and colleges have revealed mandatory vaccination policies.  Rutgers and Cornell are among several institutions opting for students to prove they've been vaccinated if they wanted to study in-person during their fall semesters.

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