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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — William Jewell joined Rockhurst University announcing that all students will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus in August.

William Jewell confirmed it would require both students and employees to recieve the vaccine. As with other vaccines, the college will also accept exemptions for personal or religious beliefs, and also for medical conditions.

Students attending Rockhurst University will need to fill out an online form or request a exemption waiver. Rockhurst says students will not be required to show a vaccination card as proof of vaccination.

While students are required to be vaccinated at Rockhurst University, faculty and staff are not required to receive the shot. The University says it strongly encourages them to get the vaccine. Staff members who enroll in a class at the school are required to be vaccinated, just like all other students.

“By announcing this requirement now, we’re ensuring that everyone will have time to complete those vaccines that require two doses and five to six weeks to become fully effective,” Rev. Thomas Curran, Rockhurst University President, said in a post online.

Rockhurst also said there are three different types of exemptions from the vaccine requirement.

  • Medical
  • Religious
  • Personal

People who are granted exemptions and are not vaccinated will be required to wear masks while indoors on campus. Anyone who is vaccinated is welcome to wear masks if they want to do so.

“As you make your decision to be vaccinated or request an exemption, I humbly ask that you thoughtfully consider how you wish to express and promote the descriptor of community that we use for Rockhurst University: the intentional expression of mutual concern for one another,” Curran wrote.

Rockhurst University said it made the decision to require the vaccine because COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective. Rockhurst also said that it believes widespread vaccination is the best way to safely return to normal.