Emory, the state’s largest private university, announced in April it would require all of its students, but not its faculty and staff, get vaccinated by the start of the fall semester. It has roughly 33,000 employees in its entire academic and health care system and enrolled about 15,000 students last year. Students can apply for an exemption to the vaccine requirement based on medical conditions or strong personal objections.
Emory said in a statement that more than 24,000 students, faculty and staff are fully vaccinated. It requires all faculty and staff to be either fully vaccinated or submit to weekly testing.
Georgia Dean of the House of Representatives Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus) receives his second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination shot at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Rep. Smyre was present with the late Hank Aaron when they both received the first vaccination shot. The school is requiring its students and employees get the vaccine for the next semester. (Alyssa Pointer / [email protected])
Augusta University is part of the University System of Georgia, which currently encourages, but not requires its students and employees to get vaccinated. Mercer University has similar guidelines, according to its website. Morehouse School of Medicine announced in April it would require its students and employees to be vaccinated for the fall semester.