ST. LOUIS ( – Saint Louis University announced Wednesday all students and employees who plan to be on campus this fall must be vaccinated.

After reviewing other universities' policies and reviewing feedback from health officials, the university will implement three new requirements before the new semester begins in roughly 11 weeks:

  • COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all students, staff, and faculty who are physically present on our St. Louis campuses.
  • Vaccinations also will be required of SLU St. Louis students who will be studying outside the U.S., including on our Madrid campus.
  • Exemptions will be granted on the grounds of religious beliefs or medical circumstances.

“Details as to how we shall implement this recommendation are being considered thoughtfully and carefully,” SLU President Fred Pestello said while asking for patience while plans are finalized. “Proof of vaccination and the exemptions process are among the key operational issues to address. Specific timelines are another.“

Several mass vaccinations events have been held across St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles. Here’s a guide to find the COVID-19 vaccine in the St. Louis region.

SLU joined Washington University, Northwestern, DePaul, Loyola and University of Chicago as schools in our area mandating vaccine.

The three University of Illinois campus, Urbana, Chicago and Springfield, as well as Illinois State and Northern Illinois are requiring testing.

Mizzou, SIUE, SIUC, Webster, Lindenwood, Fontbonne, Maryville and UMSL are encouraging vaccinations. 

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