The California State University system said on Wednesday that it would require all faculty, staff and students who use the system’s facilities and programs to receive a vaccine booster to ensure they are completely immune to COVID-19.
The 23-campus system previously required the same group of people to get the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine before the start of the fall semester, a decision that had strong compliance.
Wednesday’s announcement was linked to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which is expected to increase across California soon after the New Year’s holidays, potentially putting enormous pressure on many hospitals.
“Vaccination, including a booster when eligible, remains our most effective strategy against serious disease and infection,” CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro said in a statement.
The ruling will apply to virtually all of the roughly 50,000 students who collectively attend San Diego State University and Cal State San Marcos.
The CSU – which has 477,000 students and 56,000 faculty and staff across the system – said in a statement Wednesday that “the new requirement requires reminders to be received by February 28, 2022 or six months after quitting. ‘an individual received the final dose of the original vaccination. , whichever is later.
“However, individual campuses may set an earlier compliance date for students and unrepresented employees depending on local circumstances.”
SDSU said in a statement to its community that “All students, faculty and staff eligible for the COVID-19 recall will need to have their recall on file in HealtheConnect by Tuesday, January 18, 2022 to be considered fully vaccinated.
The news comes a day after the University of California announced that students and staff in the 10-campus system were due to receive a booster injection early next year.
Seven of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses, including UC San Diego, have said they will temporarily bring classes back online for part of January to avoid the expected surge in Omicron infections.