This post originally written by WJBR Digital Production Intern, Elyse DiPisa. DiPisa is a sophomore Media Communications student at the University of Delaware from Montgomery County, PA. Along with being a Digital Content Intern for WJBR, Elyse also works for the university’s Student Television Network 49 News Program and as a tour guide for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
According to an email sent by Vice President of Student Life José-Luis Rivera and Director of Student Health Services Dr.Tim Dowling, University of Delaware students will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning this coming Tuesday, April 6.
This update stems from the state’s new vaccination phase of individuals 16 years of age and older being considered eligible according to the Delaware Division of Public Health.
The eligibility applies to not only permanent residents of the state, but students who study within the state – which would encompass university students not only at UD, but also other colleges within state lines.
If students have previously received a first dose of one of the vaccines out-of-state, they will now be able to receive their second dose of the same vaccine within the state of Delaware.
The university says they plan on coordinating vaccination events near campus to create opportunities for students to receive the vaccine.
Although the university has not stated whether they will require the students to have received the vaccine in order to be on campus for upcoming semesters, UD does encourage students to get vaccinated as they become eligible.