The deadline has approached for San Diego State University student-athletes and on-campus students to get their COVID-19 booster shots in order to attend in-person instruction.
In an email sent last month to the campus, the university announced the aforementioned students would be required to have their booster vaccine by Tuesday. Those who wish not to get it but would still like to go to class would be subjected to weekly COVID-19 testing instead.
The mandate comes in compliance with the California State University vaccination requirement that was announced July 2021. In it, the requirement states students, faculty and staff are required to have a COVID-19 vaccination on file with the university or an approved exemption based on medical needs or religious beliefs in order to access campus facilities.
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So far, more than 21,000 students, faculty and staff members at the university have submitted their COVID booster records, according to SDSU.
Classes for spring semester 2022 will begin Wednesday online, it was announced earlier this month.
"There is no specific numeric threshold or single indicator that drives decisions regarding the shift to virtual instruction, and currently an extension of virtual instruction beyond the Feb. 7 return date is not anticipated," a spokesperson for the university said in a statement. "SDSU uses a number of factors to assess the ability to safely return to in-person instruction."
In-person instruction is scheduled to begin on Feb. 7.