The College of St. Scholastica is now requiring its students who are participating in in-person learning and activities to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 22, now that one of the COVID-19 vaccines has been fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Students can submit exemption forms, though details about that process are forthcoming, a news release from the college said. Those who pursue the exemption process will be required to get tested weekly for COVID-19 and report their results.

Student Health Service staff welcome any student who would like to have a "judgment-free conversation" about any of their fears and uncertainties regarding the vaccines.

“We know there are students who are experiencing some vaccine uncertainty,” clinic manager Christine Sandal said in a news release. “Our doors are open and we gladly welcome anyone who wants to talk through these uncertainties in a judgment-free way.”

Students who do not visit St. Scholastica campuses will not be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Fall classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 8 at St. Scholastica.

The University of Minnesota Duluth was previously the only higher education institution in the Northland requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for students.