Coronavirus FAQs - Vaccines
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Kent State University issued a COVID-19 vaccine requirement on Aug. 27, 2021 after formal approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration. Thereafter, the Moderna vaccine also received FDA approval.
Since that time, on April 14, 2022, Kent State's COVID-19 vaccine requirement was dropped. However, members of the university community are still strongly encouraged to pursue vaccination.
Per the April 14, 2022 email: Across all campuses, 82% of employees and nearly 80% of students are vaccinated. In addition, 89% of the residence hall students on the Kent Campus are vaccinated. Beginning with the first summer session, COVID-19 vaccines, including all booster shots, are strongly recommended for our entire Kent State community but are no longer required. Being up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, including having all recommended booster shots, determines quarantine guidelines and can reduce risk of severe disease and hospitalization.
Vaccines are the primary and most effective tool against serious illness and the best path out of the pandemic. Not only do vaccines prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and death, they also help prevent the virus from mutating into one that is resistant to existing vaccines.
Vaccines and booster shots will continue to be available at the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus and at numerous other locations throughout Northeast Ohio.
Below are the most common questions to date.