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Two Maryland colleges say they will require COVID vaccinations this fall

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Students, staff and faculty members at Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination before returning to campus in the fall.

The decision was made by the University System of Maryland following a meeting of the USM Board of Regents.

“If we examine the data — and there is an extraordinary accumulation of data—we see that the risk of vaccines is very low, whereas the risk of COVID is very high,” USM Chancellor Jay Perman said in a statement.

Salisbury University is expected to hold the bulk of its classes in-person beginning in the fall of 2021.

“This mandate was not undertaken lightly. It was based on the recommendation of a USM workgroup I convened this semester — one that includes university-based experts in public health, infectious disease and emergency management. It was based on advice from the USM presidents — all 12 System presidents —and their cabinets. It was based on consultation with the University System’s shared governance councils representing students, faculty, and staff.”

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service