CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - As colleges consider requiring students to get vaccinated before returning to the classroom, a local university told WBTV they are not requiring it.
UNC-Charlotte officials say that while they are not requiring students to get vaccinated before returning to in-person learning, they urge students to receive their vaccine.
“UNC Charlotte is not requiring vaccines,” the university said in a statement. “We strongly recommend and urge all to get a vaccine when it is their turn.”
UNC Charlotte is set to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students as they become eligible for a dose on Wednesday.
“Great thing, great opportunity. Sadly a lot of opportunities get booked so quickly it’s hard to get in anywhere,” said student Rosylin Cole.
College students who live in dorms or in apartments will then be eligible to receive the vaccine. All those over 16 years old will be eligible on April 7.
“I was expecting May or late April, so getting it now is good,” said student Justin Wear. “I was always scared going back home and that I might happen to infect my family because I’ve met up with friends being back here. Getting vaccinated is good insurance that I won’t hurt my family.”
Rutgers is one of the universities that is requiring its students to receive the vaccine before returning to the classroom.
UNC Charlotte said it expects to be fully operational by the Fall semester.
Davidson College said they won’t require students to get vaccinated for in-person learning.
The main reason, according to college officials, is due to the interest shown by students to get the vaccine.
“Our students have demonstrated great interest in getting a COVID vaccine, in keeping with Davidson’s strong community culture, so we see no need at this point to require it,” Davidson College officials said.
Davidson College will be partnering with Atrium Health to hold a COVID vaccination clinic for students and faculty and staff, pending vaccine availability on campus on Thursday, April 1.
The college also is partnering with the Town of Davidson and the Mecklenburg County Health Department to hold a public vaccine clinic on Saturday, April 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Vance Athletic Center in the Baker Sports Complex.
The clinic will be open to the public, as well as campus. Details here.
Both clinics will administer the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Currently, there are no students on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University. The university says it hopes to serve as a vaccination site for students when they return to campus.
“Atrium has already vaccinated more than 100 members of our faculty and staff,” a statement said.
The statement also added JCSU President Clarence Armbrister is encouraging faculty, staff, students and community members to get vaccinated when eligible.
The college has plans, in partnership with the Rowan County Health Department, to hold an “I Want My Shot” vaccination clinic for students and the community on April 17. The clinic will happen on campus.
The university says students will be receiving an email “outlining their eligibility and the ways to access local resources to sign up for a vaccine.”