Thursday, May 06, 2021
Elite University in the United States
Harvard introduces compulsory vaccination for students
After other universities in the USA, Harvard University has announced that its campus will be subject to corona vaccination. An exemption is only granted in certain exceptional cases. Around 23,000 students are currently enrolled at the private university.
Students at Harvard University in the United States must be vaccinated against corona at the beginning of the new semester in autumn. “In order to achieve the high vaccination rates required to protect our community, Harvard will require corona vaccination for all students who will be on campus this fall,” said the college in Cambridge, Massachusetts . Exceptions would therefore only be granted for medical or religious reasons.
A number of other US universities such as Yale, Columbia and Princeton had already introduced such compulsory vaccinations. Before returning to campus, students must have completed their vaccination with a vaccine approved by the FDA or the World Health Organization. This means that at least two weeks must have elapsed since the last dose of the vaccine was administered, it said.
The university wants to offer international students and others who do not have access to it before autumn a vaccination when they arrive. The university, founded in 1636 by British immigrants, is considered to be one of the elite forges in the USA, producing, among other things, several presidents and dozens of Nobel Prize winners. More than 23,000 students are currently enrolled in the private college, which is known for its strict admission restrictions.
The number of new infections continues to fall
Progress in the nationwide vaccination campaign in the United States had recently slowed. In the country with around 330 million inhabitants, more than 148.5 million people have received at least one vaccination dose, 107.3 million are fully vaccinated, as figures from the CDC show.
In total, more than 32.5 million people in the USA have been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen, and more than 579,000 people have died. Around 44,500 new infections were reported within 24 hours, according to data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) on Thursday morning (CEST). That is about 10,600 fewer cases than a week ago. The number of corona deaths in this period fell by around 180 to 777 in a weekly comparison.