Biden mandates vaccines for 100 million Americans

White House announces new six-prong plan to combat the COVID-19 surge By Alex Budzynski, Editor-in-Chief President Joe Biden announced a new six-prong strategy last Thursday to combat the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, ordering new federal vaccine requirements for the upwards of 100 million Americans.   In a speech delivered from the White House, Biden sternly criticized an estimated 80 million people who remain unvaccinated. “We’ve been patient. But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us,” Biden said. The unvaccinated minority “can cause a lot of damage, and they are.” The president’s new rules require all employers … Continue reading Biden mandates vaccines for 100 million Americans

Xavier to require indoor masking

By Alex Budzynski, Editor-in-Chief University officials announced on Friday morning that all students, employees, visitors and contractors are required to wear a mask while inside all campus buildings, regardless of vaccination status.  According to a statement shared via email, the COVID-19 Task Force made their decision “after carefully reviewing medical guidance from the CDC and our partners at TriHealth and discussing implications for the Xavier community.” They concluded that the rising infection rates of the COVID-19 Delta variant warranted enhanced safety protocols on campus.  The announcement also clarified that masks will not be required while eating or drinking, in residential … Continue reading Xavier to require indoor masking

Task Force forecasts a normal Fall

Students required to disclose vaccination status before returning to campus By Alex Budzynski, Editor-in-Chief Xavier’s COVID-19 Task Force announced last Thursday that the university is preparing for a typical Fall semester with in-person classes and campus activities. While vaccines will not be mandated at the beginning of the semester, the email announcement stated that all students are required to disclose their vaccination status to the university by the first day of classes, Aug. 16.  Using Med+Proctor, students must upload one of two documents: a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card or a disclosure form affirming that they have chosen not … Continue reading Task Force forecasts a normal Fall