University of California backtracks, now says COVID-19 vaccines will be mandatory this fall: report

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The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the University of California system will require all of its students and staff who want to return to campus this fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Regent Eloy Oritz Oakley told the newspaper that UC President Michael Drake “plans to move forward with the vaccine mandate.”

It’s an about-face for the school system, with 280,000 students and 227,000 faculty and staff across 10 campuses.

In an April proposal, Drake, who is also a medical doctor, said that while all students and staff are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, it would only be mandated “once a vaccine has full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”


SO FAR, the FDA has issued an emergency use authorization for three vaccines made by Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson.

It’s currently unclear when the vaccines will get full approval. Pfizer applied for full authorization of their vaccine on May 7, while Moderna applied for full support on June 1.

This April 8, 2021, file photo, Kent State University student Jarrett Woo gets his Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination from Kent State nursing student Allie Rodriguez in Kent, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)

UC said in a statement to the Chronicle on Monday that because the FDA is expected to eventually grant full approval to the vaccines, the school system would go ahead and mandate them to give everyone time to get vaccinated before the fall.

State officials said 66.4% of Californians have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 55.6% are fully vaccinated.

Several private schools in California – including Stanford University and the University of Southern California – have already said they will require students and staff to be vaccinated this fall.

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