COVID-19 Vaccination Required for Students Beginning Fall 2021

April 14, 2021

As we continue to actively plan for a return to in-person education this fall, we write to share our plans to require COVID-19 vaccines for students enrolled at Grinnell for the 2021-22 academic year. The efficacy of vaccines, as well as expanded vaccine eligibility and availability, allows us to address the higher risk of transmission in a communal living environment and affirms this additional step to protect the health of our community.

As with all vaccine requirements, students may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. For students who are unable to acquire a vaccine in their home state or country, Student Health and Wellness (SHAW) will provide a vaccination upon arrival to Grinnell in collaboration with our local public health department. Within these considerations, proof of vaccination will be required for all students enrolled at Grinnell for the 2021-22 academic year.

For general questions about COVID-19 vaccines, please visit 

As we have since the pandemic began, we continue to approach every decision using a community and public health framework that prioritizes the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community. We look forward to welcoming all students back to campus and to a return to living and learning in community.

Updated May 5, 2021

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