Last week, Georgetown University announced that the school any student wishing to return to campus next fall will be required to be vaccinated first.
It is far too early to predict with much confidence exactly what the Covid situation will look like in DC come this fall, but this should be welcome news for nearby residents. As GM wrote recently, Georgetown students appeared to be the primary drivers of a spike in positive Covid tests in west Georgetown in January and February. It is likely that that spike came as a result of students returning to the area following holiday travels. And such a dynamic would be at play much more severely come this fall if all or substantially all of the students weren’t vaccinated.
Again, hopefully the whole country will be largely beyond the pandemic by then. But it’s encouraging to see GU take steps to make sure they don’t become a locus of last minute flare ups for the disease.