LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — USC announced Tuesday that it intends to require all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated before returning for on-campus classes and activities in the fall.
However, the requirement won’t take effect until the COVID vaccines receive “full approval” from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which is expected to happen by late summer.READ MORE: LA Begins Process To Make Al Fresco Outdoor Dining Program Permanent
Currently, vaccines are being administered under emergency-use authorizations from the FDA.
Students planning to return to a UC campus this fall will need to update their immunization records to indicate whether they have been vaccinated, or have an approved exception or medical exemption.READ MORE: Pedestrian Killed After Being Struck By Subway Train In Westlake District
The USC and the Cal State and UC systems are expected to allow for exemptions based on medical or religious grounds.
As of this week, USC has directly administered more than 67,000 COVID- 19 vaccination doses to patients, faculty, staff and students, according to an email message from USC Provost Charles Zukoski.
USC also announced that fully vaccinated USC students, faculty and staff will not be required to undergo coronavirus testing before entering campus or taking part in on-campus activities after Monday.MORE NEWS: CDC Advisory Committee Recommends Pfizer's COVID Vaccine For Kids As Young As 12
According to the university, students, faculty and staff must show proof of vaccination or file a declination by June 1 to access on-campus activities.