SIU may require some students to get COVID-19 vaccine

Published: Jun. 24, 2021 at 3:51 PM CDT
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CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) - Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) updated their COVID-19 protocols for the upcoming Fall 2021 semester on Thursday, June 24.

Classes and activities will resume in-person on the SIU campus.

Students, staff and faculty who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer be required to wear a face mask.

Those not vaccinated will be required to wear a mask and to practice social distancing.

In order to protect the campus community, SIU is encouraging students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated.

A letter sent to faculty, staff and students from SIU President Dan Mahony stated students participating in on-campus classes or activities that are not vaccinated should “plan to wear a mask and participate in periodic testing until it is determined by health experts that this asymptomatic testing is not longer necessary.”

Mahony also stated that student athletes and those studying for a career in health care may be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Students living on campus will continue to have their own rooms and a residence hall has been set aside for isolation.

At the beginning of the pandemic, SIU switched to online classes. In Fall of 2020, they opened in-person classes with health safety measures.

They urged students to get tested after returning home for the 2020 Fall break.

Testing for COVID-19 will continue be available to faculty, staff and students.

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