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Loyola Announces Vaccine Requirement for Students Returning in the Fall

Zack Miller | The PhoenixLoyola will require all students returning to campus in the fall to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

All Loyola students will be required to be fully vaccinated before they return to campus in the fall, according to university officials. 

If students aren’t fully vaccinated — meaning they’ve received both vaccine doses — two weeks prior to the start of class on Aug. 30 they will not be allowed to reside in residence halls, attend in-person classes or participate in on-campus events, according to an April 22 announcement from Loyola to the community.

Medical exemptions require a letter from a healthcare provider stating the immunization is medically contraindicated, according to Loyola’s website for COVID-19 updates. Meanwhile, religious exemptions require a written statement from the student that describes the religious principle, if it objects to all vaccines or just the COVID-19 vaccine and a statement that the student is aware of being prohibited from dorms and classrooms in the case of a vaccine-preventable COVID-19 outbreak or exposure. 

The university has provided students and faculty with a range of resources to help them get vaccinated, such as Zocdoc, COVID Coach (for Chicago residents), VaccineFinder, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the United Center. However, Loyola isn’t directly distributing vaccines to students.  

All American residents aged 16 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine, President Biden announced in a press conference April 19.  

Loyola encourages students to upload their vaccination cards to be approved on the Loyola Health function of the Loyola app. A step-by-step guide on how to do so can be found on the vaccine information page, according to an April 21 university email. 

For those concerned about sharing medical records, the university has stated it’s required to keep vaccination records confidential under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

In addition to Loyola, some other Chicago universities such as DePaul University and Columbia College Chicago have also announced vaccine requirements for the fall. 

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