BOSTON (CBS) – All Northeastern University students will be required to have the COVID vaccine by the first day of classes for the fall semester, the school announced Tuesday.
“In order to get herd immunity, we need to get a maximum number of people possible vaccinated,” Ken Henderson, chancellor and senior vice president for learning, said in a statement. “If all, or nearly all of our students are vaccinated, we expect that we’ll be able to achieve herd immunity.”READ MORE: 'Mecca Of Rowing': Head Of The Charles Regatta Participants Grateful For Event's Return
Students will be able to request religious and medical exemptions to the policy.READ MORE: Boston Mayoral Candidates Hit The Streets On First Day Of Early Voting
The requirement will be in place for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students.
“This vaccination requirement is the next step to “Protect the Pack” so we can continue to study, learn, and research side by side,” Henderson said.MORE NEWS: Body Of Missing Five-Year-Old Elijah Lewis Believed To Be Found In Abington
The university previously said it anticipates a “normal” fall semester.