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University of California to Require Flu Shots For All Students, Faculty

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University of California to Require Flu Shots For All Students, Faculty

The University of California will now require that all students and faculty members get a flu shot. University officials signed an executive order which will go into effect on November 1.

University officials say that the move is an “important proactive measure to help protect members of the UC community and the public at large.”

According to officials, the flu shot mandate also hopes to curb health care infrastructure threats in concern with coronavirus.

“In addition to protecting those on campuses and the surrounding communities, this requirement is designed to avoid a surge of flu cases at health care facilities across the state during the unprecedented public health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic,” officials say.

UC officials say, “according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), flu vaccination is a safe and effective way to prevent millions of illnesses and thousands of related medical visits every year. In recent years, flu vaccinations have reduced the risk of flu-associated hospitalizations among older adults on average by about 40 percent. Flu vaccinations also protect those around us, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.”

The UC medical plan will allow for free flu shots to those who are covered.

“In addition, for those without group health care coverage, all ACA-compliant health plans also cover flu vaccinations as part of a preventive care package that includes no copay,” officials say in the news release,” the UC announcement says. “A process will be put in place for faculty and staff to request medical exemptions. Requests for disability or religious accommodations will be handled through the interactive process consistent with existing location policies and procedures.”

Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.

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