COVID-19 Vaccinations and a Hopeful Return in the Fall

April 27, 2021

Dear Members of the Holy Cross Community,

As we look forward to the end of the semester and even further into the fall, there are many reasons to be optimistic. One of the most important causes of optimism is the increasing availability of vaccines against COVID-19. Earlier this year, I told you all we planned to be back to a more normal campus experience in the fall. One way we will accomplish this goal is to have as many members of our community vaccinated as possible.

Today I am announcing that every Holy Cross student, other than those who request and are granted a medical or religious exemption, will be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine. This is a vital step for our community in order to have the kind of fall semester we all want; with in-person classes and activities, a full slate of athletics competitions and minimal social distancing requirements.

The vaccines have proven safe and effective, according to public health experts and agencies around the world, including the CDC, and they are now widely available across the country for people older than 16.

We are also strongly encouraging all faculty and staff to be vaccinated. Public health guidance tells us that having as many vaccinated community members as possible will help protect those who may not be able to get the vaccine.

Students must upload proof of their vaccination to their patient portal before returning to campus this fall or for classes and activities in the summer. Students may request an exemption for medical or religious reasons.

We expect that international vaccines that are accepted by federal and state guidelines will satisfy the vaccination requirement. The College will make every effort to assist international students with this requirement.

To help with the goal of having as many of our students as possible vaccinated, I am pleased to say we are working to partner with an organization to host a series of vaccination clinics on campus this week for all students, including the incoming Class of 2025. More information on those clinics will be sent to students very soon.

There will be additional details to address and questions to answer. Those will be answered in the coming weeks and months. We felt it was important to let you all know of these expectations as soon as possible, now that all individuals 16 and older are eligible for the vaccine across the country.

We are at the end of a rewarding, but challenging, academic year. I am grateful for the medical professionals, including many Holy Cross alumni, who have worked tirelessly over the past year to get us to this point. Hope is on the horizon. Thank you for doing your part to see this through, and to bring us all back together in the fall.  


Philip L. Boroughs, S.J.