Westminster Joins White House’s College COVID-19 Vaccine Challenge
June 11, 2021
Westminster President Beth Dobkin signed the White House’s College COVID-19 Vaccine Challenge this week. By accepting the challenge, President Dobkin affirms Westminster’s continued commitment to keeping the campus community healthy and learning together.
The White House and the U.S. Department of Education invited colleges and universities across the country to join their efforts to end the pandemic by signing up for the challenge. Participating colleges commit to taking three key actions to help get their campus communities vaccinated: engaging every student, faculty, and staff member; organizing their college communities; and delivering vaccine access for all.
Westminster has already met the challenge criteria. Recent efforts include vaccine townhalls, social media campaigns, weekly updates and resources, and an on-campus vaccine clinic held just this week. The college conducted a vaccine survey last month of all students, faculty, and staff. The survey had a 37% response rate and indicated 92% of respondents are fully vaccinated.
Additionally, Westminster College intends to require faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2 when the FDA grants full approval of one or more vaccines. Legally required exemptions (health/medical and religious) will be honored in this process.