BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The Maryland university system requires that students returning for the spring semester and living on campus be reminded against COVID-19, the organization said Friday.
The policy impacts the University of Maryland and all of its satellite campuses, Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Frostburg State University, Towson University, and the University of Baltimore, among other institutions.
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Citing CDC Findings that boosters offer the best protection against COVID-19, the organization has encouraged all students, faculty and staff to get the additional vaccine.
Each university will announce its own deadline for getting vaccinated and any other COVID-19 protocols before students return to campus, the school system said.
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Students who have been exempted from getting the COVID-19 vaccine are not subject to the new policy.
âRecent data shows that boosters provide additional protection against COVID, reducing the severity of symptoms, including with Omicron infection,â the university system said in a press release. “Our available vaccines shorten the duration of disease and infectivity, reducing transmissibility and spread in environments such as collective housing.”
Last April, USM decided to require all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated before the fall semester.
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âI would like to make my remarks not only as chancellor of the system, but as a doctor, a pediatrician. My whole career has been focused on children, right up to early adulthood, âChancellor Jay A. Perman said. âAs a physician, everything I do in my practice requires a risk / benefit analysis. There is no free admission. “