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Covid boosters will be required at UC as omicron surges

As colleges struggle with safety measures amid a surge of the omicron coronavirus variant coinciding with winter break, all eligible students and staff in the 10-campus UC system will be required to provide proof that they have received a Covid-19 booster shot, officials have announced.

“The emergence of this new and fast-moving variant, coupled with student travel to and from campus and the prevalence of gatherings over the holidays, will present our campuses with a unique set of public health challenges as we begin the New Year,” UC President Michael V. Drake said in a letter to the chancellors, as the LA Times reported, adding that the plan “may require campuses to begin the term using remote instruction in order to allow students to complete an appropriate testing protocol as they return to campus.”