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University of California Closer to Requiring Vaccinations for Return to Campus

The University of California says it’s one step closer to requiring COVID vaccinations of students and employees who want to return to campus in the fall.

When UC announced the vaccine requirement last month, it conditioned the policy on full approval of at least one of the three vaccines available in the U.S, beyond their current emergency use authorizations.

The head of UC’s health system, Dr. Carrie Byington, told the UC Board of Regents last week that she expected the Food and Drug Administration review of Pfizer’s application for approval to take several weeks.

“We do expect full licensure to occur before the fall classes begin for the UC system,” Byington said.

The much larger California State University system will also require vaccination upon FDA approval of at least one vaccine.

More on the proposed policy from EdSource.

—The California Report

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