CSU, UC to require students, staff, and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before fall 2021
Students, faculty, and employees who use campus facilities at any university location will be required to be immunized against COVID-19 for the fall 2021 semester, California State University and University of California systems, which announced their plans on Thursday.
Why it matters:
Cal State was the first major university to exclude most of its students from returning to campus in the fall for in-person courses.
The requirements: The new stipulation will be contingent on the FDA's full approval of one or more vaccines, as well as a sufficient supply of the fully approved vaccines. This condition will take effect at the start of the fall 2021 semester or when the vaccine receives full FDA approval, whichever comes first.
CSULB's Housing and Residential Life announced earlier this month that students wishing to live on campus this fall must have proof of their vaccination, per the Daily 49er.
Catch-up: CSU announced in December 2020 its intent for most instruction and events in fall 2021 to be in-person while recognizing that there will be variations across campuses. The proposed COVID-19 vaccination requirement would make it much easier to repopulate the campuses.
What they're saying:
LB State: President Jane Close Conoley wrote in a campus-wide email that "the California State University and the University of California announced our joint intent to require students, faculty, and staff to possess proof of a COVID-19 vaccination," Conoley said in the email.
"Together, the CSU and UC enroll and employ more than one million students and employees across 33 major university campuses, so this is the most comprehensive and consequential university plan for COVID-19 vaccines in the country," said CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro.