Last updated: 08-05-2021
The Continuity of Operations Taskforce and Senior Management have directed that:
- All students (both entering and continuing) must be vaccinated by Aug. 1, 2021. Distance learning students are exempted from this directive.
- All EVMS employees are required to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 1, with exemptions for medical and religious reasons.
- Effective Sept. 1, all new hires who are not fully vaccinated will be required to obtain at least the first vaccine dose by their start date and the second dose (if applicable) within sixty days of employment.
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination on the FAQ page.
Rationale for the directive
The vaccine mandate is an essential part of participating in in-person instruction, clinical experiences, and student social and community engagement activities. The determination to mandate the vaccine was made after the vaccines were safely administered to millions of people across the United States, and is based on CDC guidance on the use, safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccine is the safest and most effective way to protect the health and safety of the EVMS campus.