June 15, 2021 at 4:14 p.m.
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Fall 2021 Semester
To St. Olaf College faculty and staff
From President David Anderson
As we enter the summer months, I’m happy to report that 83% of our faculty and staff and 75% of our current students are fully or partially vaccinated. Please accept my deep appreciation to you for helping our campus stay safe from COVID-19. You have enabled us to emerge from a challenging year a stronger, more resilient community.
Since the onset of the pandemic, we have worked diligently to maintain a safe and healthy campus that both supports and safeguards all of our faculty, staff, students, and visitors. The precautions we have taken have contained the spread of the virus, but the virus is still circulating. For us to stay safe and healthy as we resume more normal operations, we need to enhance our public health measures.
I’m writing today to share that St. Olaf will require all new and returning faculty, staff, and students to be fully vaccinated by the start of the fall 2021 semester. To that end, all new and returning faculty, staff, and students need to have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by August 1, with a scheduled second dose (if required) to be completed prior to arrival on campus. Any vaccine approved by the United States or other countries meets the requirement. Students who have been unable to be vaccinated will have an opportunity to do so upon their arrival to campus.
Ensuring that our entire community is vaccinated is the surest path toward enabling us to be with each other in person as safely as possible. If you have not already done so, please report your vaccination status through the Health Reporting Form.
Exceptions to the vaccine requirement will be considered when needed to accommodate individuals with disabilities or to accommodate individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs. To request an accommodation, please contact vaccineaccommodation@stolaf.
A list of COVID-19 vaccine frequently asked questions can be found here.
Over the summer, we will continue to consult with the Minnesota Department of Health and national infectious disease control experts to determine whether other public health precautions will be necessary next semester. We will keep you updated on any changes.
Requiring vaccines is the most safe and effective line of defense against COVID-19. Full vaccination will help us reach our goal of enabling us to interact without masks, to work more closely and in person with our students and each other, to eat lunch in Northfield, to welcome visitors for music and athletic events, and much, much more.
Thank you for doing your part to support the health and safety of our community.