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Some DC Colleges Will Require Students to Be Vaccinated by the Fall

Georgetown, GW, and American University students will need to get the jab.

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George Washington University announced today it will be requiring all students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated before returning to campus in the fall semester. Georgetown and American Universities announced similar measures last week.

Georgetown will provide more information for international students and students living abroad in the coming weeks, while AU is working on guidance for international students who have received a vaccine that hasn’t been approved in the US.

The decision comes as vaccinations become more widely available to the public (appointments are open for all DC residents 16 and older) and as local governments and public health officials debate the possibility of a ‘vaccine passport.’

Catholic University will not require vaccinations for students this fall, but “strongly encourages” them for students and faculty. Trinity Washington University has still not made a decision about its vaccination policy. Howard University has not yet responded to queries about its plan.

Jane Recker
Assistant Editor

Jane is a Chicago transplant who now calls Cleveland Park her home. Before joining Washingtonian, she wrote for Smithsonian Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied journalism and opera.