USC Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Returning Students, Staff

The University of Southern California has announced plans to require all students, faculty, and staff returning for on-campus learning and activities in the fall to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The university affirmed that the requirement will not go into effect until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approves all current COVID-19 vaccines being administered. USC hopes full approval will happen by late summer and before the start of the fall semester.

USC's announcement follows the CSU and UC system's jointly announced plan to require students and staff to be vaccinated in order to return to campus. CSU, UC and USC are reportedly expected to announce certain exemptions based on medical and/or religious grounds.

USC also announced that fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff will not be required to undergo coronavirus testing before entering campus, adding that all persons entering campus must show proof of vaccination or file a declination by June 1 to access on-campus activities.

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