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Duke University to require vaccinations for fall semester

Duke University to require vaccinations for fall semester
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Duke University announced Friday that all students will need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before they are allowed to return for the fall semester.

University president Vince E. Price said in a statement that students at every level are required to follow the new guidelines in order to register for classes.

"Duke research played an important role in the development of these vaccines, and we are committed to leading the way in vaccine access for students and employees," the statement reads.

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It continues, "Looking ahead, we know that widespread vaccination will be the only way to facilitate a return to normal and robust campus life."

Exceptions will be made for students with documented medical and religious exemptions, Price noted.

Those who have trouble accessing a vaccine can get one through the university while supplies last.

"The past fourteen months have been among the most difficult and exhausting in our university’s history. Today, I ask you to join me in taking the next step toward ensuring the safety and vitality of our university community," Price said.

The North Carolina university's new policy comes as vaccination efforts ramp up around the country, with over 179 million doses administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Duke joins a number of other universities in requiring COVID-19 vaccination before students can return to campus.