WORCESTER (CBS) — UMass Medical School has become the latest institution to announce a COVID vaccine requirement for faculty and staff in the fall.
The school announced Wednesday morning that all faculty and staff have to provide proof of vaccination by September 7. The proof of vaccination requirement was already in place for students.READ MORE: Boston Celebrates Life And Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
UMass Medical School says if proof of vaccination is not provided by that date, employee ID badges will be deactivated, which will restrict access to campus. Also, employees without at least one dose of the COVID vaccine by September 7 may be let go.READ MORE: Arizona Mother Worried Son's Surgery In Boston Will Be Rescheduled Again Due To COVID
The school says medical and religious exemptions will be considered.
“This step reflects our highest priority, which is to protect the health and safety of our campus and broader communities,” the school said in statement. “The decision follows months of thoughtful deliberation and monitoring of the pandemic; evaluation of data, including infection trends; and, more recently, the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.”MORE NEWS: How Long Should You Wait To Be Boosted After Getting COVID? Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers Your COVID Questions
Faculty, staff, and students will still be required to follow campus COVID-19 protocols, such as wearing masks indoors.