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Bradley University Will Not Require COVID-19 Vaccinations For Fall 2021 Semester

Emily Bollinger/WCBU

Bradley University will not require students or employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before arriving on campus this fall.

President Stephen Standifird said several factors went into this decision, including the numbers of people getting vaccinated voluntarily and the resulting falling COVID-19 positivity rates.

In the weeks leading up to the end of the spring semester, Bradley's on-campus COVID-19 positivity rate was significantly lower than Peoria County's as a whole. Early in the fall 2020 semester, the university pivoted to an all-student quarantine to head off a surge in new cases.

Standifird said he personally is a vaccination advocate, and encouraged the campus community to get vaccinated. He said the university will host more vaccination clinics this fall.

To date, around 43% of Peoria County's population is considered fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 surveillance testing is still planned for the fall semester, but fully vaccinated people will be exempt.

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.