On Monday, the CDC doubled down on its recommendation on boosters, saying all adults should get a booster shot.
“Today, CDC is strengthening its recommendation on booster doses for individuals who are 18 years and older,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced in a statement.
“Everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot either when they are six months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or two months after their initial J&J vaccine,” Walensky stated, continuing that the emergence of the Omicron variant further stresses the value of vaccination and boosters.
On Tuesday, the first case of the Omicron variant in America was confirmed in California.
“The vaccine booster, combined with the advance testing explained below, and ongoing wastewater testing, adaptive testing, convenient voluntary testing options, and our indoor mask requirement represent a comprehensive approach to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ensure a safe and successful spring for our community,” Subbaswamy announced in an email to students.
The University will maintain indoor masking requirements, yet this will be reviewed later, the email announced.
Some Universities initiated a booster requirement earlier when the CDC expanded its recommendation of booster shots to include all adults—18 years and older on November 19. Previously, the CDC just recommended boosters to 65 years and older or those younger with underlying medical conditions.
On Nov. 23, Wesleyan University—a 3,200-student University located in Connecticut—declared that the University asks all students, staff, and faculty to receive the booster shots by January 14.
“Vaccine booster shots are now available, and they offer an important additional layer of protection,” the university’s president Michael Roth announced in a statement.
The St. Joseph’s College of Maine announced as of October 4 that the school would require boosters. The Catholic college explained that the requirement would be implemented “on a rolling basis—as boosters become available, and as the list of recommended recipients expands.”
Wednesday, the school had a 99 percent vaccination rate and a 56 percent booster rate. The school announced that the indoor mask requirement would be lifted when an 85 percent booster rate is reached.
More colleges are still considering whether to demand the boosters. Some colleges choose to “strongly” recommend it rather than requiring it for now.
The University of Rochester announced in an updated guidance Monday that it is not requiring students, faculty, and staff to get a booster, yet “it is strongly encouraged.”