Thomas College Not Mandating Vaccine This Fall MacKenzie Riley Young | July 22, 2021

WATERVILLE, MAINE, July 2021 — On Wednesday, Thomas College President Laurie G. Lachance announced details for what the College community can expect for the fall 2021 semester.

There is no vaccine mandate for students, faculty, or staff. However, the College continues to strongly encourage every member of the Thomas community to get the vaccine without delay in order to enjoy campus life as fully as possible.

As part of the College safety and mitigation measures, unvaccinated community members will be required to take additional safety protocols including following the Maine CDC guideline that requires unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask indoors. Thomas College will also require unvaccinated community members to participate in a campus COVID-19 testing program. Vaccinated community members will not be required to test or to wear a mask indoors. Classrooms and offices will return to normal capacities, dining will remain de-densified, and campus guests are required to wear masks if they are not vaccinated.

“The health and safety of the entire Thomas College community has guided our decision-making process throughout the many long months of this pandemic. Mitigation measures like masking and testing kept our community safe and in-person during the worst of the pandemic last winter,” said Lachance. “I will forever feel pride that we showed everyone what was possible when a community unites behind a cause larger than any one member.” 

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