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Pitt’s Senate Council discussed enrollment numbers, the budget cycle and possible student staff and faculty vaccine requirements at last Wednesday’s meeting. In addition, the Council also voted to create an ad-hoc committee for dependent care.

Senate Council discusses potential COVID-19 vaccine requirement for spring semester

By Millicent Watt, Assistant News Editor October 18, 2021
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Pitt is discussing ways to enforce COVID-19 vaccination — for as early as the spring semester — such as tying vaccination status to student enrollment or faculty employment.
Pitt’s CoVax Vaccination Center — located at the bottom of Nordenberg Hall — recently expanded its hours to daily operations, and will offer flu shots starting next Wednesday.

Pitt adds 78 new COVID-19 cases since Aug. 27

By Martha Layne, Assistant News Editor September 9, 2021
Pitt officials said 56 students and 22 faculty and staff members tested positive for COVID-19 over the course of a 10-day period from Aug. 27 through Sept. 7. The report also said 89% of undergraduate students has uploaded proof of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Editorial | Pitt should have never given us the choice of in-person or online classes

By The Pitt News Editorial Board August 24, 2021
Pitt’s last-minute decision to give us the option between remote and in-person classes is half-baked, noncommittal and puts unnecessary stress on both students and professors who shouldn’t have to make this choice in the first place.
Senate Council held its monthly meeting last Thursday afternoon via Zoom, which was the final meeting of the 2020-21 academic year.

Senate Council passes resolution urging vaccine requirement for fall

By Allison Radziwon, Staff Writer May 26, 2021
As universities across the nation make decisions on a possible COVID-19 vaccine requirement, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said COVID-19 vaccination rates of Pitt students and faculty will affect the University’s planning for the fall semester.
Opinion | Public schools should only permit vaccine exemptions for medical reasons

Opinion | Public schools should only permit vaccine exemptions for medical reasons

By Leah Mensch, Senior Staff Columnist April 14, 2019
For the safety of all children, public schools should limit their vaccine exemptions to medical conditions only.
A vial containing the MMR vaccine is loaded into a syringe before being given to a baby at the Medical Arts Pediatric Med Group in Los Angeles on Feb. 6, 2015.

Editorial: Let’s talk about measles

By The Pitt News Editorial Board February 13, 2019
States must equip children with access to vaccinations and the resources to reverse misinformation while closing loopholes that allow families to opt out of vaccination requirements for personal reasons.
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