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Augustana Announces Vaccination Policy for the Fall

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Strongly recommended, but not required - that's the vaccination policy for this fall at Augustana College.

During a campus briefing Thursday, Dean of Students Wes Brooks said the policy covers everyone - all students, faculty, and staff.

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"Those who are un-vaccinated should expect to continue wearing masks indoors at all times, but also outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. Un-vaccinated community members should also socially distance whenever possible and will be required to participate in regular and ongoing COVID-19 surveillance testing upon return to campus this fall."

And un-vaccinated students may not be able to participate in sports, music and the arts, and other campus activities, as well as domestic and international travel programs.

As part of the new policy, Augustana students, faculty, and staff are required to provide their vaccination status to the college, online, by August first.

"Those who are vaccinated will complete an online form and share a photo of their vaccination card or other documentation supporting vaccination. There will be an option within the online form for those who have been vaccinated but do not have a card, or for those who are not vaccinated but need to complete the form to share they're not vaccinated or plan not to be vaccinated."

Doctor Brooks says the information will be confidential but will help the college with planning any necessary mitigation steps in the future.

He hopes everyone will be vaccinated by the time they return to campus, but says there are many local options available in Rock Island, and the Quad Cities.