COVID-19 recall now required for Michigan State University students, faculty and staff


EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University will require all students, faculty, and staff to receive COVID-19 booster shots starting in the spring semester of 2022.

President Samuel Stanley announced the recall requirement in a message to the college community on Friday, December 17. The spring semester 2022 begins January 10.

The warrant, Stanley said, comes after the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began strongly recommending that anyone over the age of 16 receive a booster, while noting the likely emergence of the variant. omicron.

“The high immunization rate among our students, faculty and staff has been a critical part of what has been a successful fall semester,” said Stanley. “Combined with our requirement for face coverage, this has created a safer community for our students, faculty and staff to live, work and learn with fewer cases than the communities around us. “

Those who do not receive a booster when they are eligible will be considered non-compliant, Stanley said, although no further details were provided on the consequences for those who do not.

All students, faculty and staff who were vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine more than six months ago or those who received a single dose of the vaccine more than two months ago are eligible for a booster Stanley said.

Those still within the six or two month window should plan to receive a booster as soon as they are eligible, Stanley said.

Students, faculty and staff with religious or medical exemptions are still exempt from the COVID-19 recall requirement, Stanley said. Students who are online only can also apply for a spring 2022 exemption. Instructions for vaccine exemptions can be found here, while online-only applications can be found here.

MSU will update the Vaccine Verification Form to allow individuals to record their recalls.

Earlier this week, MSU announced that the same mitigation measures to slow COVID-19 this fall are in place this spring, including mandates for campus-wide immunizations and indoor masks. , as well as smaller policy updates regarding online courses and booster injections. .

MSU reports that more than 91% of all students, faculty and staff are fully immunized, while 2.7% are partially immunized. Students registering for the next semester will be required to submit their immunization status. Tips for updating vaccine status can be found here.

The refusal to adhere to the mandate begins to lead to dismissals of employees and the expulsion of students.

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