CHICAGO (AP) – Loyola University Chicago requires students, faculty, and staff to receive a COVID-19 booster shot ‘as soon as they qualify’ to deal with the coronavirus’ omicron variant.
The Jesuit private university, which previously required its campus community to be fully immunized against COVID-19, announced the increased request in an email sent Wednesday, Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“Due to the serious nature of the pandemic and the safety, effectiveness and availability of a COVID-19 vaccine, we are urged to make reasonable efforts to protect each other through immunizations and boosters. ,” Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney and CEO Margaret Faut Callahan said in an email.
School administrators said the boost request was driven by the “highly infectious” omicron variant. They said high immunization rates on campus have enabled a “successful” fall semester, and the university hopes to continue that in the spring by requiring booster shots.
Those with religious and medical exemptions are not required to have a booster shot, but will continue to be screened regularly into the spring semester.
The first two cases of omicron variation in Illinois were in Cook County, one in Chicago and the other is in the suburbs. Early research suggests that this variant may cause a milder version of COVID-19, but the Cook County Department of Public Health expects the omicron variant to soon overtake the delta variant as the known variant. most prevalent in the region.
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