As COVID-19 becomes endemic, Tufts transitions into new phase of public health response – Tufts Daily

by | Sep 26, 2022 | COVID-19

As the Tufts community returns to campus and adjusts to the fall semester, the new school year brings new guidance surrounding COVID-19 protocols. All eligible Tufts community members are required to receive a bivalent COVID-19 booster shot by Dec. 2, as announced in a Sept. 16 email from University Infection Control Director Michael Jordan and Medical Director of Health Service Marie Caggiano.
The university will be offering vaccine clinics for the bivalent booster and the influenza vaccine. The new booster aims to address currently circulating strains of COVID-19.
“The updated (bivalent) booster is designed to protect against two strains of a virus in a single shot versus one strain with the original monovalent vaccine,” Jordan wrote in an email to the Daily. “The bivalent booster provides protection against the two omicron sub-variants which are currently the predominant circulating viral strains.”
All on-campus booster clinics are fully booked, as announced in a Sept. 19 email from Jordan. More clinics will be added in the future.
“We will be adding more booster clinics and expanding hours to the extent possible. New clinic dates will be posted on as soon as we schedule them,” Caggiano wrote in an email to the Daily. “If students are unable to visit one of the Tufts clinics, they can schedule a booster appointment at a local clinic or pharmacy.”
Regular COVID-19 testing is no longer required, although Caggiano reminded students that they can still …

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