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College COVID Vaccination Policies

by | Jul 29, 2021

As the Fall Semester nears, the college continues to update information on their website.


[The following information is available on the Davidson College Fall 2021-Spring 2022 website.]

We’re implementing these policies to limit any potential outbreak in our community. Evidence suggests that getting vaccinated protects you and everyone around you—in effect, a vaccinated person is a road block that helps keep the virus from moving on to infect others.

We intend to require Covid vaccination for all members of the Davidson community once a vaccine fully approved by the FDA becomes available. We expect this will go into effect no later than the start of the Spring 2022 semester. We will make exceptions for those with approved medical or religious exemptions.

Vaccination will be required for students, staff and faculty members who participate in activities that present a high risk for transmission. If you are a participant in a high-risk activity, you must get the first dose of a vaccine no later than August 15 and submit proof of full vaccination no later than October 1. Examples of high-risk activities include:

  • Some activities that require very close contact with others for an extended period of time, such as working in dining services;
  • Strenuous indoor activity, such as singing in chorale, playing an instrument in an ensemble, dance, or working out; and
  • Participation in intercollegiate, club and intramural athletics.

If you are not vaccinated (student or employee), these rules will apply to you on campus:

  • You will need to wear a mask indoors and sometimes outdoors.
  • You will be required to maintain physical distancing indoors and sometimes outdoors.
  • You will be required to get tested weekly for COVID-19.
  • You will have to quarantine for two weeks if you are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
  • You may not have access to some campus facilities.

While we await full FDA approval, we are aiming for the vaccination rate on campus to exceed 90 percent. Our COVID health and safety requirements may and likely will change as our environment changes.

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