As the Commonwealth sees a record-breaking number of COVID-19 cases, many universities are taking precautions to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
As of Tuesday, there were 100,871 new coronavirus cases reported in Virginia in the last week. On Sunday alone, there were 19,506 new cases reported, which is the highest one-day increase in Virginia since the pandemic began.
Now, in an effort to slow the spread, there are some universities that are requiring that students receive a COVID-19 shot ahead of the 2022 spring semester.
Here is a breakdown of the universities in Central and Southwest Virginia that have made the COVID-19 booster shot required so far:
- Students are required to provide documentation that they have received a COVID-19 booster shot by Feb. 15. Those who are not eligible to do so must submit documentation within 14 days of eligibility.
- Rather than Jan. 18, the spring semester will begin on Jan. 31. In addition, those who are eligible to do so will be required to receive the COVID-19 booster shot by Jan. 28. Those who aren’t eligible must receive their booster within two weeks of eligibility.
- Students will be required to receive a COVID-19 booster shot within 30 days of being eligible.
University of Lynchburg
- With its spring semester beginning on Jan. 24, all students, faculty and staff must have received a booster shot and provide documentation on or before Jan. 18.
University of Virginia
- All students must provide proof of a booster shot no later than Feb. 1; however, those who are not eligible to receive a booster shot by the required date must submit documented proof of their booster no later than 30 days following their eligibility.
- All students and faculty must have a booster shot within 14 days after they are eligible to do so. Students who are eligible now must update their immunization information by Feb. 1.