AUCC announced vaccine requirements for students, staff for future semestersNadine Rouphael, is interim director of the Hope Clinic, The Emory Vaccine Center. She is seen here providing treatment in an earlier clinical trial.
The historically Black academic consortium will continue to follow CDC guidelines to combat the threat of COVID-19 and the production of new variants of the virus.
By Allison Joyner
The Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC), which consist of Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Spelman College and the AUC Robert Woodruff Library, in a joint statement Monday, announced that all students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two or more weeks prior to the fall 2021 semester.
The statement, signed by all of the presidents of the Historically Black institutions, CEO and director of AUC Woodruff Library and executive director of the AUCC, are aligned with “science-based guidance,” in putting forth this new requirement.
“We take pride in our community which rallied over the last year to maintain a safe environment for teaching and learning,” the statement read.
The AUCC is the oldest and largest academic consortium serving primarily African American students. They said they will continue to operate with the safety and well-being of their AUCC community at the forefront of their decision-making.
The statement adds, “vaccination of our community members is critical to continue meeting our highest priority,” and that maintaining the safety and wellbeing of their constituents is of the highest priority.
The Centers for Disease Control lists many benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine, including helping to prevent serious illness even from those who contract the virus, protecting people at increased risk for severe illness including adults, those who are pregnant and those with medical conditions.
If you are an employee or student of these schools vaccination opportunities are available at the AUCC Student Health and Wellness Center and on individual campuses as well. For others, check the Georgia Department of Public Health’s website.