UC schools won’t wait on FDA for vaccine mandate

The University of California has made a significant change in its position on vaccines for students and faculty. CalMatters’ Mikhail Zinshteyn reported Monday that UC schools will require vaccinations regardless of whether the Food and Drug Administration grants the vaccines full authorization. 

The University of California and California State University systems announced mandatory vaccines for in-person instruction in April. But both colleges said the directive would only take effect once the vaccines received full approval from the FDA (they have received Emergency Use Authorization thus far). UC now says a vaccine mandate will go into effect Wednesday, Aug. 4

EdSource reached out to CSU officials to see if they had changed their position.

“The plan announced in April (vaccine requirement pending full FDA approval) is still our current course,” CSU Spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp told EdSource in an email. “We will continue to evaluate the situation as we move closer to the beginning of the fall term.” 


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