On April 7, 2021, the University of Notre Dame announced it will require all students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enroll for the 2021-2022 school year, and on May 20, the university announced a similar requirement for faculty and staff, making the school part of a growing list of colleges across the country mandating the COVID-19 vaccine.
The school will “accommodate documented medical and religious exemptions.” Vaccinated students will be permitted to go without masks in residence halls this summer, although masking policies for the fall have yet to be announced.
The law firm Siri and Glimstad sent a letter to University President Rev. John Jenkins arguing that Notre Dame’s mandate is not lawful because the vaccines are not U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved. They’re only available via Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), which allows the Health and Human Services secretary to authorize in emergencies products that have yet to meet legally established thresholds for approval. Never before