This week, both the University of California and California State University systems released a plan to require all students, staff, and faculty on campus this fall to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, pending formal approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are currently being distributed under the FDA’s emergency authorization, and have not yet been formally approved.
The UC/CSU system is the largest college system yet to require vaccinations, with more than 1 million students and staff members spread over 33 campuses.
“The state of California has been a leader in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines, and Californians receiving a vaccine has led to significantly reducing the transmission of COVID-19 in our state,” CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro said in the statement. “Continued vigilance will further mitigate the spread of the disease that has radically altered our lives over the past year.”
Many other colleges across the country are already saying they will require vaccination this fall, including Notre Dame, Duke University, Stanford University and John Hopkins University.
Both the UC and CSU systems took the entire year off from in-person learning, choosing the online model instead. Neither the UC or CSU systems reduced tuition costs this year, despite the online model.
The new policy would go into effect if the FDA issues a full approval for the vaccines.
UC officials say social distancing, mask wearing, and other “safety measures” are expected to remain in place even as students return to campus. CSU officials have said students can seek exemptions based on medical or religious grounds.
A look at CDC stats show that those aged 18-29 have accounted for .5% of the COVID-19 deaths in the United States, while they make up 16.4% of the population.
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