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Nazareth College requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for returning students & staff this fall

Nazareth College

Add Nazareth College to the list of local colleges and universities that will require all students, faculty and staff to have received the COVID-19 vaccination before returning to campus this fall.

The college issued a statement on Friday saying that there will be limited exemptions, such as religious and medical reasons.

Nazareth says that the decision was made in accordance with the recommendations of the American College Health Association, which made a statement stating that comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination is the most effective way for institutions of higher education to return to a safe, robust, on-campus experience for students.

Nazareth noted that New York state also recommends that public and private colleges require vaccination.

Other local universities requiring vaccinations for the fall semester including the University of Rochester and RIT.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.