JWU Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Faculty and Staff

Story by JWU Media Relations , on Jul 29, 2021 10:45 AM


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — July 29, 2021 – Johnson & Wales University (JWU) today announced that all faculty and staff are now required to be fully vaccinated.

Faculty and staff must have received at least one dose of the vaccine by August 30, the first day of classes, and must have received all manufacturer-recommended doses of the vaccine by September 30. Exemptions from this requirement for medical, religious or other reasons may be requested.

“Since the start of the pandemic, the university has acted in accordance with public health and government guidance as we have prioritized the health and wellbeing of the Johnson & Wales community,” said JWU Providence Campus President Marie Bernardo-Sousa, LP.D. “This summer, there has been growing concern about the rapid spread of the Delta variant, the emergence of additional variants, and breakthrough cases of people who are fully vaccinated but test positive for COVID-19. We look forward to more normal times for the fall 2021 semester as the JWU community and those around us become fully vaccinated.”

In May, the university announced students are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their arrival to campus for fall semester.


About JWU
Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 9,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its campuses in Providence, Rhode Island and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts and sciences, business, engineering, food innovation, hospitality, nutrition, health and wellness. It also offers undergraduate programs in culinary arts, dietetics and design. JWU’s unique model provides students with the personalized attention, academic expertise and industry connections that inspire professional success and personal growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni in 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit www.jwu.edu.