How HBCUs Are Dealing with the Omicron Variant and Rising Coronavirus Cases

HBCUs are playing an important role in the country’s vaccine rollout, serving as vaccination sites and working to engender trust in the treatment from their communities. Howard University’s College of Medicine distributed vaccines to the D.C. community on Thursday, February 11, 2021. | Source: The Washington Post / Getty

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has hit society like a ton of bricks this winter and HBCUs are no exception.

Howard University has already pushed its Spring 2022 semester more than a week to try to combat the on-campus spread of Omicron following the holidays.

Many HBCUs, including Howard, have already made it mandatory for students to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but the rise of Omicron has forced these institutions to take more steps to ensure the safety of students, faculty and community members.

Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman College will continue their strict COVID protocols for the upcoming semester. Morehouse has even shifted to online schooling to begin the 2022 Spring semester.

The Atlanta University Center institutions have been able to keep their COVID rates lower than many other universities in the state of Georgia.

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SOURCE: Black America Web, Donovan Dooley