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Monmouth University Requiring Masks Next Fall, Even for Vaccinated Students

Monmouth University Requiring Masks Next Fall, Even for Vaccinated Students

“in all classrooms, labs, and libraries”

This seems a little over-cautious at this point, doesn’t it?

Campus Reform reports:

Monmouth University requires vaccinated students to wear masks for fall semester

Monmouth University has released their new COVID-19 guidelines for the upcoming semester, which requires all students to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

The June 14 guidelines state that all students and faculty are required to be fully vaccinated for the fall semester, with few religious or medical exemptions permitted. Students and faculty will also be required to submit proof or documentation of their vaccination by August 1 through the school’s health portal.

On May 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People:

“Risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection is minimal for fully vaccinated people. The risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from fully vaccinated people to unvaccinated people is also reduced. Therefore, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required…”

Despite the CDC’s guidance, Monmouth University, located in New Jersey, will still be requiring masks in all classrooms, labs, and libraries even for fully vaccinated students.

“The university has carefully considered the role that COVID-19 vaccinations will play in safeguarding the overall health and safety of the university community,” Monmouth President Patrick Leahy said in the university’s June 14 statement. “We acknowledge that reaching a high vaccination level among our community is the most important factor in resuming in-person activities across campus this fall.”

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Comments

The Friendly Grizzly | June 22, 2021 at 6:17 pm

Three years from now: Monmouth announces they are closing their doors due to huge decline in enrollment.

Joey Williams | June 22, 2021 at 7:06 pm

Since everyone (students and, presumably, faculty) has to be vaccinated, who is being protected by these masks? And, as being vaccinated has no impact on their decision to require masks, it can only be assumed that they will never drop the mask requirement, since they are ignoring the latest scientific evidence and CDC guidelines.

By requiring masks on vaccinated students, this university is saying that they do not trust the vaccine to keep people safe. No wonder many people don’t want to get vaccinated, when they are told (by these actions) that the vaccine is useless.

All the politicians, colleges, etc. should make a point of saying that people can throw out their masks 14 days after being fully vaccinated.

    randian in reply to OldProf2. | June 23, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    The vaccine is worse than useless for a 20 year old, the risk of side effects is substantial and the health benefit nil.

My college has been a bit behind the curve, despite leaders claiming they have been following “the science.” Masks will be optional as of August 1.

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