ST. PAUL — Macalester College will require any student or employee who will be on campus in the fall to be vaccinated against the coronavirus by Aug. 2.
“Put simply, our students and employees deserve to live and work in an environment where public health measures help keep us all safer,” President Suzanne Rivera wrote in a message Friday, April 23, to students, faculty and staff.
The private St. Paul college will require either documentation of the vaccine or an exemption.
Students who lack access to a vaccine, such as those living in other countries, will get one upon arrival to campus.
The 33 campuses of the University of California and California State University, as well as dozens of private U.S. colleges, have made the same decision.
However, University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel told the student newspaper last week that the U can not make the shots mandatory, as long as vaccines are under emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.
“Were those circumstances to change, then we would do the review and think about what that means for our campus,” Gabel told the Minnesota Daily.
Minnesota State colleges and universities are following state guidance and not requiring vaccines for employees or students, spokesman Doug Anderson said.