Hamline University requiring students, staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Hamline University in St. Paul is requiring students and staff to be vaccinated upon return for the fall semester.

University officials stated Friday that students and staff must complete the vaccination process by Aug. 15.

Officials added that "recognized exemptions or extensions will be allowed."

University officials said there will be free, on-campus vaccination clinics available to students and staff from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 19, Aug. 9, and Aug. 31. The Pfizer vaccine will be offered, officials said.

"Getting vaccinated allows Hamline University to be at its best," Hamline University President Fayneese Miller said in a statement. "It allows our students to enjoy all that one expects as a university student. It allows for greater flexibility in campus life, including better and more frequent access to events, and the other things that make being a Hamline Piper so special."

Hamline joins other schools — including Carleton College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Macalester College, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design — in requiring students and staff to be vaccinated.