Brevard school to mandate COVID-19 vaccine, UNCA, A-B Tech won’t

Brevard College in Brevard, NC

Brevard College is the only higher education institution in the Asheville area that will require the COVID-19 vaccination for all staff and students this fall.

With a fully vaccinated on-campus population, the liberal arts school with a student body of about 700 will no longer require masks or social distancing during the fall semester.

“We decided to require the vaccine because we wanted to be able to provide our students with the experience that sold them on Brevard to begin with, and that’s an in-person, without masks, without social distancing experience,” said Debbie D’Anna, Brevard College vice president for student success and dean of students. “The only way to ensure that we are able to do that is to require vaccines.”

All Brevard students, faculty and staff must provide proof of vaccination by Aug. 15. The college is accepting valid medical and religious exemptions, D’Anna said.

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