Published On: Mon, Jun 28th, 2021

University of Wisconsin–Madison Won’t Require COVID-19 Vaccination, Social Distancing in the Fall

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Students, faculty, and staff at the University of Wisconsin–Madison won’t be required to be vaccinated against the CCP virus before returning to the campus for the fall semester, the Big Ten school said. In a June 24 email sent to all employees, UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank said that an “exceptionally strong” participation in vaccination has driven the cases in Dane County, where the campus is located, down to the lowest level since May 2020. She estimated that at least 74 percent of the 24,186 employees had received at least their first dose of the vaccine, and about half of the 45,540 students were vaccinated. “Vaccination is strongly encouraged; however it is not required,” Blank wrote. “The university will not disclose an individual’s vaccination status to others. It is up to individuals to decide whether to share their vaccination status with colleagues, supervisors, and employees.” The university is also encouraging those …

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