Central Michigan University to require COVID booster shots for on-campus community

Booster shots required by Jan. 17

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI - MARCH 02: The Central Michigan University sign, seen on March 2, 2018 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. (Photo by Rachel Woolf/Getty Images) (Rachel Woolf, 2018 Getty Images)

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Students and staff on campus at Central Michigan University (CMU) will be required to get their COVID-19 booster shot by mid-January, the school reported Wednesday.

CMU community members will be required to get a COVID booster shot by Jan. 17 in order to be considered “fully vaccinated,” according to the campus news organization. Students, staff and faculty who do not receive a booster vaccine will reportedly have to get tested weekly for the virus.

The Michigan university is one of several in the state that is mandating a booster shot ahead of the upcoming semester. The University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University have all issued COVID booster requirements leading into January.

The announcements come as the coronavirus continues to spread rapidly throughout the state and country, partly driven by the new, more contagious, COVID variant omicron. Officials say the delta variant, which is also more transmissible than earlier versions of the virus, is still abundant and spreading, as well.

Health experts say that, based on data so far, it is possible the the omicron variant may cause less severe disease compared to the delta variant, despite its high transmissibility. Still, all eligible individuals are encouraged to get their booster to help increase their protection from the virus and severe disease and hospitalization caused by the virus.

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