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University of Oregon will require boosters for students and employees

The University of Oregon announced Monday that it will require students, staff, and faculty to get a COVID-19 booster vaccine.

While details about deadlines and uploading of records have not been announced, university officials have suggested on social media that students use the winter break as an opportunity to get reinforcements before returning to campus.

In a letter, President Michael Scheele cited the expected prevalence of the omicron variant as the cause of this condition. He said the university is following the advice of Oregon public health officials, who are urging everyone to get a COVID-19 booster vaccine as soon as they are eligible.

Schell writes: “With more than 95% of students, faculty, and staff now vaccinated, we’ve helped keep our campus and community healthy.” “Reinforcers are the next step in the evolving public health strategy that we have adapted and responded to as a community during the pandemic.”

According to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people 16 and older should get a booster dose six months after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two months after getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Oregon State University has not yet announced whether it is adding an enhanced requirement to its vaccination policy. According to the school’s website, OSU is following recent Federal Executive Order 14042, which requires all federal contractors and subcontractors to have a fully vaccinated workforce. All Ohio State University employees — including student workers — are required to be fully vaccinated by January 4, regardless of whether they are performing their duties on-site or remotely.

University of Oregon Business School December 1, 2019.

Kylie Domzalski / OPB

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