Maine community colleges stop requiring COVID-19 vaccine
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s community college system has ended a requirement that on-campus students received the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Maine Community College System’s board ended the requirement and change is effective immediately, the system said in a Wednesday statement.
Maine Community College System president David Daigler said high vaccination rates in the state and improved outcomes for people who contract COVID-19 played a role in the decision. Better access to a broader range of preventative and treatment options for COVID-19 also played a role, he said.
The board’s vote was unanimous. It also adopted language “to strongly encourage all learners to receive the COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters,” the system said in a statement.
One exception to the new rule is that students in some programs might be required to receive the vaccine due to requirements at third-party locations, the system said.
The system includes seven colleges and about 25,000 students.