• Matt Esnayra

CSU to require COVID-19 booster shots for Spring 2022

Updated: Dec 25, 2021

The California State University system announced Wednesday that it would require students, faculty, and staff accessing on-campus facilities or programs to receive a vaccine booster shot to be considered "fully immunized" against the coronavirus for this upcoming spring semester.

Why it matters: The CSU system is the 4th largest public university system in the nation, with nearly half a million students on 23 campuses.

  • The change in COVID-vaccination policy comes as the state deals with a rise of cases from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The new policy:

CSU's new COVID-19 vaccination policy is awaiting faculty and staff labor union approval.

  • Students are required to receive their COVID boosters by February 28, 2022, or "six months after an individual received the final dose of the original vaccination, whichever is later."

  • The policy grants students and employees to request medical and religious exemptions.

What they're saying:

CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro on COVID boosters said, "Vaccination, including a booster when eligible, remains our most effective strategy against infection and severe disease. "This is particularly important in light of the rapid rise of cases of COVID-19 throughout the state and nation as the Omicron variant spreads. Implementing the booster requirement now will help mitigate the potential spread of the variant on campuses as they repopulate in January after the winter break."

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