The California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) school systems are planning to require coronavirus vaccinations for all students and faculty members using campus facilities starting this fall, the universities announced in a news release Thursday.
“This requirement will become effective at the beginning of the fall 2021 term, or upon full FDA approval of the vaccine, whichever occurs later,” CSU said in the release.
Under UC’s new proposed policy on Covid-19 vaccinations, all students, faculty, and academic appointees and staff must be vaccinated to access any campus facilities before the start of the fall term.
“Those who do not receive a vaccination on campus or provide proof of vaccination by another provider may be subject to additional safety measures,” UC stated in the policy.
According to the news release from UC, “students planning to access UC campuses for the fall will need to update their immunization documentation on file to indicate vaccination or an approved exception or medical exemption prior to coming on campus.”
Some context: The California State University is the nation’s largest four-year public university system with over 480,000 students and 23 campuses, according to its website. The University of California is also one of the largest and highly ranked school systems with over 280,000 students across 10 campuses.
“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,” CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro said in a statement.