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Sweet Briar College to require COVID-19 vaccine for students, employees
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Sweet Briar College to require COVID-19 vaccine for students, employees

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A Sweet Briar College student leaving Benedict Hall.

Sweet Briar College announced June 7 it will require all students and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021-22 academic year.

The announcement follows similar recent announcements made by Randolph College and the University of Lynchburg. Both of these institutions will require the COVID-19 vaccine for students coming to campus for the fall semester, and the University of Lynchburg also will require faculty and staff to be vaccinated.

Sweet Briar’s June 7 announcement from President Meredith Woo said students and employees must confirm their vaccination status by Aug. 1, and the school will accommodate religious and medical exemptions.

“Vaccines will play a critical role in our ability to live and learn together and return to a normal work, academic and social life here at Sweet Briar,” Woo said.

The college is asking students and employees to complete their vaccine shots by July 18 to ensure full vaccination by Aug. 1.

— Jamey Cross

— Jamey Cross

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Education reporter

Cross covers K-12 and higher education for The News & Advance. An Asheboro, North Carolina native, Cross joined The News & Advance team in January 2020 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism.

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