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The Minnesota schools, venues and organizations with a COVID vaccine requirement

Whether for the public or employees, here is a running list.

The rapidly spreading delta variant has sparked a rapid upturn in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. Federal health officials now recommend the use of face masks in indoor public spaces in areas with substantial or high levels of transmission, regardless of vaccination status.

In response, many businesses, organizations, venues, events and buildings are updating their own COVID-19 protocols.

Here is a running list of those that have announced a vaccine requirement – with the dates they announced the requirement in parentheses.

Schools and universities

Carleton College (announced April 28)
Students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated by Aug. 1.

College of St. Benedict (Aug. 4)
All students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated, with the school requiring each person to have at least their first shot by the start of the semester

Gustavus Adolphus College (May 18)
The college is requiring students get vaccinated, and strongly encouraging faculty and staff to do so as well.

Hamline University (July 16)
Calling the mandate "necessary" to return to normal, Hamline's president announced all students, staff and faculty will be required to be vaccinated for the fall semester.

Macalester College (April 23)
Students and employees who are on campus must be fully vaccinated by Aug. 2.

Minnesota College of Art and Design (May 11)
All students, faculty and staff who are on campus must be fully vaccinated by Aug. 1. The fall semester will also begin with a six-week indoor masking requirement.

Mitchell Hamline School of Law (May 17)
Anyone on campus for the fall semester must be vaccinated by Aug. 1.

St. Catherine University
All students, faculty, staff and residents age 12 and up will need to complete their vaccine series by Aug. 16, 2021.

St. John's University (Aug. 4)
All students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated, with the school requiring each person to have at least their first shot by the start of the semester

St. Mary's University (Aug. 4)
Per KSTP, St. Mary's will begin mandating a COVID vaccine once it is fully approved by the FDA.

St. Olaf College (June 15)
All students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated by the start of the fall semester.

University of St. Thomas (Aug. 9)
Students, staff and faculty must be vaccinated before returning to campus. The university had previously been offering incentives, but not mandating the vaccine.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities (Aug. 9)
In a bit of a policy reversal, the university system said it will require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as the FDA gives the vaccines formal approval. This requirement does not extend to faculty and staff, though they may face stringent testing requirements. 

University of Minnesota statewide campuses
Just like in the Twin cities, students will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as the FDA gives the vaccines formal approval. This requirement does not extend to faculty and staff, though they may face stringent testing requirements.

Entertainment

Cedar Cultural Center (Aug. 10)
Anyone attending any event at Minneapolis' Cedar Cultural Center from Aug. 13 onward will need to show proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test from the past 72 hours. Unvaccinated individuals also must wear a mask.

The Fillmore Minneapolis (Aug. 16)
Beginning Oct. 4, Live Nation — which owns and operates the Fillmore — will require all fans to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test. All employees also must be vaccinated to visit a Live Nation event, venue or office. 

First Avenue (Aug. 2)
As of Aug. 2, guests must prove they have been vaccinated for COVID-19, or show they have recently tested negative. Masks are recommended for unvaccinated.

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (Aug. 17)
Any audience member attending a show at the Ordway (which is set to resume indoor performances this fall) will need to show proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test from the prior 72 hours. In addition, all guests and staff will need to wear a mask while indoors.

Retail and grocery

Walmart (Aug. 1)
Some traveling managers and corporate employees, but not guests or store employees, are required to get a vaccine. In counties with high or substantial transmission levels, Walmart requires employees to wear a face mask while in the store

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Government

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (July 8)
The Minnesota Fed is requiring all current employees to get the COVID vaccine by the end of August.

Hennepin County (Aug. 17)
County employees will be required to show proof of vaccination by Oct. 1, or assent to what the county called "regular, mandatory COVID-19 testing." All visitors and workers at Hennepin County buildings are required to wear face masks.

State of Minnesota (Aug. 11)
The state will require its employees to show proof of vaccination by Sept. 8 or take a weekly COVID-19 test in order to return to the office.

Medical and health institutions

Allina Health (Aug. 3)
Vaccinations for both COVID-19 and influenza will be required for staff, volunteers, students and vendors by Oct. 1, with some exemptions for medical issues and religious concerns.

Episcopal Homes in St. Paul (July 31)
All staff at the senior living home must be vaccinated by Sept. 1.

Essentia Health (Aug. 4)
Essentia Health is making COVID vaccination a condition of employment for all staff members (including remote workers, volunteers and students), and will be a requirement for anyone entering an Essentia Health facility to perform work. Employees must get their first dose by Oct. 1.

HealthPartners (Aug. 5)
HealthPartners will require all employees to be vaccinated against both COVID and influenza, with an Oct. 30 deadline for the former and Nov. 30 cutoff for the latter.

Hennepin Healthcare (Aug. 10)
All employees, with few exceptions, must get vaccinated. The first shot must be done by Oct. 1, and the vaccine series needs to be completed by Nov. 1. 

Mayo Clinic (July 26)
The Mayo Clinic is requiring employees to get vaccinated, but it will not fire those who don't. Instead, employees who do not get the vaccine will have to complete education modules, as well as wear a face mask at all times and socially distance while on campus.

M Health Fairview (Aug. 3)
Vaccines for both COVID-19 and influenza required in staff, students, volunteers, and vendors by October 31.

Sanford Health (July 22)
Sanford Health is requiring all employees to get the vaccine and report it by Nov. 1.

VA Health System (July 26)
All VA health care workers will be required to be vaccinated by the middle of September, or they will have to undergo weekly testing.

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