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Vaccination Policy for Fall Semester

Dear Agnes Scott Community,

As we near the end of this academic year and look to returning to a full residential model next year, I want to share with you that Agnes Scott will require all members of the campus community—students, faculty, staff—to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the fall 2021 semester. This decision was guided by our commitment to wellness for all members of our community and a review of the science and data provided by public health experts. Vaccination against COVID-19 will play a critical part in ensuring our campus community’s health and safety. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Verification of your vaccination status will be required before returning to the campus in August and must be submitted through the Medicat portal. The complete course of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the United States, the World Health Organization, or other nation will meet our requirement. Both doses of the Moderna vaccine are available to all members of our campus community, including contracted employees, through the Wellness Center. You can schedule an appointment by emailing the Wellness Center. However, you are welcome to be vaccinated elsewhere. Georgia residents may find a list of vaccination sites here; other states have similar resources. I want to give a shout-out to our Wellness Center staff—more than 500 individuals have been vaccinated on campus. Of this number, more than 250 are students.

Our goal is a fully vaccinated campus community to protect against the spread of COVID-19 and its more contagious variants, which have demonstrated long-term health effects even after mild illness, and the propensity to lead to more serious disease, including in young people. However, we acknowledge that vaccine hesitancy exists for some in our campus community. The COVID-19 vaccines are authorized by the FDA for emergency use, based on technology developed over two decades and tested in clinical trials to save lives. I encourage you to make the important decision to get vaccinated. If you have questions or concerns, check out our faculty’s podcast, Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine: An In-Depth Look with Professors from Agnes Scott College.

We also recognize that there are individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to a documented medical or religious exemption. For more information on requesting an exemption, faculty and staff should contact the Office of People and Culture and students should contact the Wellness Center.

Ongoing updates on preparations for the fall semester will be provided on the Agnes Scott COVID-19 website and in The Irvine. For now, let’s continue to watch our distance, wear masks and wash our hands! I continue to be grateful for your cooperation, which has ensured our community’s wellness.

With appreciation,
Leocadia I. Zak, JD