Boston University requiring faculty, staff to get COVID-19 vaccine

BOSTON — Boston University announced Monday that faculty and staff will be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine before the start of the fall semester.

It was previously mandated that all students receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the start of the fall semester.

“On May 28 we asked all faculty and staff to disclose their vaccination status and plan,” Boston University President Robert Brown said in an email. “To date, 72.1 percent of faculty and 76.4 percent of staff and affiliates have completed the survey or provided proof of vaccination. From this survey and from the uploaded vaccination information we know that only 71.3 percent of faculty and 73.6 percent of staff are currently or will be vaccinated by August 1.”

Brown said those numbers were “significantly below” what was needed to safely return to campus to near-normal operations in the fall.

As a result, all university employees and affiliates are required to be vaccinated by Sept. 2.

Brown said walk-in vaccination clinics would be offered and as with the student mandate, the university would accept requests for exemptions based on medical conditions or religious beliefs.