MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Wesleyan University announced Tuesday that students are now required to get the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus for the fall 2021 semester.
Students will be asked to verify they’re fully vaccinated before their arrival by uploading their vaccination records to the campus Davison Health Center.
Students studying remotely, on leave this semester, or unable to participate in the clinic for any reason, as well as for incoming new students, are asked to consult local COVID vaccine guidelines and find out how to obtain a vaccination.
The university is highly encouraging faculty and staff to be vaccinated as soon as they can.
News 8 spoke with Michael Roth, president of Wesleyan University, who said if a student says they won’t get inoculated because of health or religious reasons, they will have a conversation about it. Otherwise, Roth used the analogy of “If you don’t want to wear a seatbelt, it doesn’t mean it’s ok not to wear a seatbelt.”
“If you come to campus and you’re not protected against the COVID virus, you’re actually not just endangering yourself, you’re endangering everyone around you,” Roth said. “So this is not really a political issue unless seatbelts are a political issue. I don’t think so. I think it’s really just a question of protecting the community with the tools that we know work from science.”
Roth complemented Wesleyan students for their efforts to keep one another safe. He said he wants to maintain that moving forward.
The University has a clinic right on campus, in partnership with the Community Health Center. Due to Tuesday’s announcement from the CDC and FDA about the recommended pause of administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the University is working with the CHC on alternatives.
Wesleyan joins the ranks of Duke, Notre Dame, Brown, Rutgers, and Northeastern in requiring students to get the shot.