Oct 20, 2021 - COVID
Temple extends vaccine mandate to keep in line with city guidance
A row of pencils with a vaccine syringe replacing one pencil.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Temple University is extending its COVID-19 vaccine mandate deadline despite a 95% vaccination rate among its students and employees.

Driving the news: Philadelphia recently pushed back mandates requiring health care workers and higher education staff and students to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 15. Originally, that deadline was last Friday.

  • Temple is now defaulting to city guidance.

What they're saying: "Temple's position is that if you are able to do it, get vaccinated," spokesperson Stephen Orbanek said.

Here's where other universities in the Philadelphia area stand:

In most cases, students who do not comply are barred from on-campus activities and in-person classes.

  • Faculty and staff who don't comply are usually provided a short, unpaid grace period before the university determines their employment status.
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