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California State University Joins UC in Mandating COVID-19 Boosters For Returning Students, Faculty

Returning Students, Faculty to have until end of February to get vaccine boosters

By Evan Symon, December 22, 2021 1:10 pm

The California State University system announced on Wednesday that all students and faculty members will need a COVID-19 vaccine booster to return to class during the spring semester, joining the UC system and California health care workers in mandating boosters.

The CSU system had previously mandated COVID-19 vaccinations in July, joining a growing list of academic institutions during the summers in vaccinating teachers, staff, and students before the fall semester. However, due to the spread of the new omicron variant, many institutions this week began mandating boosters due to earlier mandated vaccines starting to protect less over time.

According to a CSU press release on Wednesday, all students and faculty at the 23 campuses of the CSU system will have until February 28, 2022, or six months after their final vaccination dose, to get a booster shot. However, the date may be moved up on a campus basis based on local conditions, with booster exemptions to be made for medical and religious reasons.

The policy will be in effect immediately for all students and non-union faculty, with union employees not being subjected to booster requirements until CSU goes through a process with the unions.

“Vaccination, including a booster when eligible, remains our most effective strategy against infection and severe disease,” said CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro on Wednesday. “This is particularly important in light of the rapid rise of cases of COVID-19 throughout the state and nation as the Omicron variant spreads. Implementing the booster requirement now will help mitigate the potential spread of the variant on campuses as they repopulate in January after the winter break.”

A growing number of booster mandates in CA

In addition to the new booster mandates, many campuses in the both systems, including UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, and UC San Diego, have announced to week delays into their spring semesters to help temper any spread of the Omicron variant due to holiday travel. Private universities, such as the University of Southern California, are also currently considering booster mandates.

The Globe talked with several CSU students and faculty on Wednesday, who gave mixed reactions to the news. Some, such as “Laura”, a professor at CSU Northridge, are in favor of the boosters.

“We cannot risk more people’s health over this,” said the Professor on Wednesday. “We did it with the vaccine mandate for the fall semester, and now this semester has the booster. It’s to protect everyone and to stop the spread of COVID-19 and all variants. And not only do we want to keep people safe, we do not want to return to remote classes. Barring a few students is worth it if it means no one dies.”

However, others were not as certain, with many wanting boosters to remain voluntary.

“They keep getting scared over each new variant or slight surge or whatever,” said Angie, a CSU Los Angeles student. “They’re demanding a lot of us, and frankly, we’re just tired  of it all. We’re all vaccinated anyway.  ‘Only if you want to’ is said a lot on social media. I mean, we all thought it was done with with the vaccines. Will we need boosters for our boosters?”

Another student, Roger, also noted a curious phenomenon.

“A lot of people here say they are all for the boosters and vaccines. It seems like there is a consensus. But, when you get to talking to people individually, there is a hesitancy. Suddenly everyone isn’t so gung-ho about it. We have class group chats like this all the time.”

In addition to private universities, city workers in San Jose and other state and local workers may face mandatory boosters early in the next year.

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6 thoughts on “California State University Joins UC in Mandating COVID-19 Boosters For Returning Students, Faculty

  1. Boosters Forevvveeeer!

    Vaccinating into a healthy population during a pandemic may just be setting these college students up for a lifetime of health issues. The boosters will not protect against the Omicron or future variants. The government is behind the 8 ball on this.
    Facts over Fear!
    Please do your own research.
    Steve Kirsch has compiled a list of young athletes coincidently collapsing on fields during practices and games.
    Check it out:
    https://stevekirsch.substack.com/p/athlete-collapsesdeaths-following?r=ytkhg&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email

    1. YES, and as a practical matter, boosters and etc. will be irrelevant soon. I hope students can stick to their guns on this because what we DO know is that the virus, as it mutates, will become weaker and weaker, so that by spring the Big Bad COVID will likely be just one of many corona viruses, such as what causes the common cold. But what we DON’T know, as Cali Girl indicated, is what the long-term effects will be of the “vaccine” introduced into healthy young people (who don’t need it anyway). COVID simply does not pose a threat of significant illness or death for young people and if they catch it and get through it they will then have the Golden Key, natural immunity.

  2. I am getting really, really tired of the same meaningless statement being thrown around that these products STOP the spread. They don’t stop or prevent infection. The only person it *MAY* protect is yourself, and the data is not promising, especially when you factor in the long list of side effects that include hospitalization (or worse). The idea that an institution thinks it can mandate what you put in your body is so disgusting to me. How long are we going to continue to IGNORE common sense and facts and just keep spouting out nonsense? No, but really, how much longer?

  3. NAZI style gov… its all CONFORM AND OBEY or be cast out

    This is NOT AMERICA…we are looking more like CHINA everyday.

    FEAR tactics over and over again….nothing but fear propaganda and if you voice against they will use ABC’s if you are viewed as a heavy influencer or tech shuts you up….this is fascist tactics.

  4. For a university professor, “Laura” isn’t very BRIGHT…

    “We cannot risk more people’s health over this,” said the Professor on Wednesday. “We did it with the vaccine mandate for the fall semester, and now this semester has the booster. It’s to protect everyone and to stop the spread of COVID-19 and all variants. And not only do we want to keep people safe, we do not want to return to remote classes. Barring a few students is worth it if it means no one dies.”

    So what happens when people DIE from the “boosters”, “Laura”??? Are you going to gaslight the unjabbed for YOUR guilt at being suckered in taking the “mandated” clot-shots???

    Hope you got the placebo (lot #1?) and not lots #2 or #3, which contain all the nasty “adjutants” and nanobots that Gates & Schwab want to use in their Agenda 2030 “transhumanist” agenda….

    We need Nuremberg 2.0 for these crimes against humanity….starting with Little Lord Fauci….

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