To the Thomas College Community,
Since the pandemic began, Thomas College has regularly updated and refined our COVID-19 protocols and policies to provide the safest possible environment for our community to learn, live, and work on campus. Working with our partners at the Maine CDC and hospital systems, we adopted and enforced science-based policies that allowed us to remain nimble and pivot when changes in the health of our community, our state, and our nation required it.
Now, nearly three years to the day when we first closed our facilities at the start of the pandemic, we find it prudent to update our policies once more to reflect the realities in Maine and in our community.
Effective tomorrow, March 15, 2023, Thomas College will no longer require student and employee community members to receive and document they have received the COVID-19 vaccine or booster shots.
I want to be clear, however, that Thomas College and the CDC still strongly encourage every eligible person receive the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots to reduce the serious risks to health associated with the virus. Further, the College will continue its policies on reporting positive cases, quarantine and isolation protocols, and continue to encourage students to submit vaccination records related to COVID-19 in support of community well-being.
I understand that this change in policy may generate questions from our community. Please direct any questions to VaccineQuestions@thomas.edu where they can be answered in a timely and appropriate manner.
I am always humbled when I reflect on how our small but mighty community has weathered one of the most significant global crises in living memory. We remain grateful for the support and resilience our community has shown and continues to show throughout the pandemic.
With deep respect,
Laurie G. Lachance, President
Laurie G. Lachance
180 W River Rd, Waterville, ME 04901