Salt Lake Community College will require students to receive COVID-19 vaccination in order to register for classes in the upcoming spring semester.
SLCC President Deneece Huftalin made the announcement in an email sent to the college community.
“Given the increasing number of cases due to the delta variant, we have made a decision to adopt a vaccination requirement for all SLCC students beginning Spring Semester 2022,” Huftalin wrote.
The decision came shortly after FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine and followed other state universities that mandated vaccination, including the University of Utah, Weber State University, Utah State University and Utah Valley University.
“I just worry that some folks that are choosing not to be vaccinated are really putting others at risk. That doesn’t seem fair to me,” Huftalin said when contacted for a comment. “We just want to make this as easy as possible for students, and we really hope that students will step up and get vaccinated to help our community be safer and healthier.”
The announcement email stated that exemptions may be granted for “medical, religious and personal reasons.” All details regarding the process for vaccination documentation and exemptions will be communicated during the registration process.
Students can find more information on SLCC’s blog, The Fountain.
This article has been updated and republished as part of The Globe’s back to school content for the spring 2022 semester. View the original article.