Michigan State University, UM will require COVID booster injections
The MSU requirement affects approximately 70,000 people who are employed by MSU or who are enrolled in courses.
According to a letter sent Friday by MSU President Samuel Stanley, students, staff and faculty who received their two-dose COVID vaccines more than six months ago, or a single-dose regimen more than six months ago. of two months, are eligible for a booster and should arrange to get the jab before class resumes on January 10, after the holidays.
“Those who do not receive a booster when eligible will be considered not to meet MSU’s vaccination guidelines,” Stanley wrote. “You can find a vaccine booster near you by visiting our Together We Will website. “
MSU required proof of COVID vaccination for the current fall semester. About 91 percent of students are vaccinated, according to data collected by the university, with a rate similar to the University of Michigan. With many universities requiring vaccinations, the COVID outbreaks that were common on campuses in fall 2020 were almost non-existent this fall.
In November, MSU laid off two employees and suspended 16 students for not following the school’s COVID policies.
Some students, staff and faculty have approved exemptions. Those currently benefiting from exemptions will continue to be exempt from the recall requirement.
All students, staff and faculty will continue to be required to wear face coverings inside campus buildings.
“Data from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that COVID-19 boosters help broaden and strengthen protection against Omicron and other variants and will be essential for continued learning and development. in-person operations, ”Stanley wrote. “We know our COVID-19 guidelines are aimed at mitigating the spread of the virus, and this is an important next step. “
In a recent separate statement on the university’s response to the pandemic, Stanley said, “I know the past 20 months have been difficult for many of us, and I realize that we all wish this pandemic be behind us. But it does not, and we will continue to make decisions based on our commitment to health and safety. “
Both universities have referred to concerns about the omicron variant in their statements. UM said the omicron variant “has been detected within the UM community”.
In-person classes begin in Ann Arbor on January 5, and students, staff, and faculty have until February 4 to get the extra shot.
There will be strengthened testing protocols for MU students living on campus, and students will be required to wear masks in common areas of residences, regardless of their immunization status.
The start of winter for UM graduate students will continue as planned on December 19, with everyone required to wear masks.