California's public universities to require COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 2:33 PM, Apr 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-22 18:27:00-04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two of the nation’s largest university systems say they intend to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff on University of California and California State University campuses this fall once the Food and Drug Administration gives formal approval.

Thursday’s joint announcement from the 10-campus UC system and the 23-campus CSU is the largest of its kind in U.S. higher education.

It would affect more than 1 million students and employees across 33 university campuses. Locally, that includes Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UC Santa Barbara.

According to a letter by Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong sent to the university's faculty on Thursday, the policy would allow for exemptions based on medical necessity or religious belief.

Several other U.S. colleges and universities have said they plan to require the vaccination on campuses this fall.