USA/ 14 August, 2021/ Source/ https://www.insidehighered.com/
By IHE Staff
August 13, 2:59 p.m. All who work or study at colleges and universities must get vaccinated by mid-October, or wear masks while indoors and get tested for COVID-19 at least once a week, the city announced Friday, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Once a college reaches a 90 percent vaccination rate, unvaccinated people can forego testing but must wear a mask indoors.
The Philadelphia Board of Health voted to institute the mandate, due to the Delta variant’s high transmission rate and climbing infection rates among college students.
In a statement, Temple University pledged to work toward the goal. “Public health experts have made it clear that widespread vaccination is our best defense in the fight to mitigate the virus, and to restore the joy and value of gathering with families, friends, and colleagues,” President Jason Wingard said in the statement. “It is also the responsible action to protect the health and welfare [of] our communities.”
— Scott Jaschik