IRVINE, CA – The University of California and California State University systems suggest that all 33 of their locations – including UC Irvine – need COVID-19 vaccines for students and staff who want to return to campus.
The proposal was presented on Thursday. It would go into effect in the fall or after a COVID-19 vaccine is fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, whichever is earlier. The COVID-19 vaccines currently available have received FDA emergency approval.
The wearing of masks and physical distancing would still be required. Students must update their vaccination records after vaccination.
“Obtaining a vaccine against the virus that causes COVID-19 is an important step people can take to protect themselves, their friends and family, and our campus communities, while ending the pandemic,” said the doctor and UC President Michael V. Drake said in a statement.
Campus guests would also need to provide proof of vaccination, according to Cal State.
The news came hours after Governor Gavin Newsom celebrated a major milestone, the Los Angeles Times reported: California has the lowest COVID-19 case rate in the contiguous United States.
California now has the lowest # COVID19 case rate in the nation
– Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 22, 2021
Read the announcements from UC and Cal State.