CSUB to require COVID-19 vaccine upon FDA Approval


Parking Lot F at California State University, Bakersfield. Photo by Esteban Ramirez/The Runner

McKenna Tessandori, Opinions Editor

  According to an email sent out by the CSU Chancellor’s Office, “In the interest of maintaining the health and safety of students, employees, guests and all members of campus communities, the California State University joined the University of California on April 22 in announcing that the universities intend to require faculty, staff and students who are accessing campus facilities at any university location to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. 

  Within minutes of the email sent out by the chancellor’s office an email was sent out by the President of CSU Bakersfield, Lynnette Zelezny, “The California State University has announced today that all students, faculty and staff returning to campus for the Fall 2021 semester will be required to show proof that they have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.”  

  Although CSU is making the announcement now there are still requirements waiting to be fulfilled. According to the email sent out to students by Zelezny, “The requirement is conditioned upon full approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of one or more vaccines, as well as adequate availability of the approved vaccines.” 

  More information to come.