Pomona College Mandates COVID Vaccine Boosters  

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CLAREMONT (CNS) - Students, faculty and staff at Pomona College will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot to return to campus for the upcoming semester, the school announced today.  

According to a message sent to the college community, campus officials said all eligible students, faculty and staff should receive a booster no later than Jan. 18. People not yet eligible for a booster must get one within seven days of becoming available.  

``As we wish all of you a joyful and restorative break, we are also preparing for the new challenges posed by the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and are working to do everything possible to create conditions for a safe and successful spring semester,'' according to the message from college President G. Gabrielle Starr and other administrators.  

``We need your help to stay on course. The scientific data shows significant benefits associated with the available booster vaccines. Whether you are a student, staff or faculty member, please get your COVID-19 booster right when you become eligible.''  

Officials said they would provide details on medical and religious exemption requests in early January.

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