Harvard announces new bivalent COVID-19 booster requirement for all students

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard is the latest Boston-area school to require this new bivalent COVID-19 booster for students, which became available on September 2nd. Tufts University and Wellesley College have similar requirements.

Students coming to campus in January have to get the new booster “to ensure they are up-to-date,” according to Harvard’s website. To get the shot, students must have a minimum of two months since their last COVID booster. Medical and religious exemptions still apply.

Harvard University Health Services will offer the booster, which targets strains of the omicron variant, by appointment only. Students can schedule their shots here.

The deadline for the spring semester is January 2nd.

The new booster protects you from the original COVID-19 strain, plus variants like omicron.

Other schools, including Boston College, are offering the new booster, but not requiring it like Harvard.

The White House is encouraging all Americans to get the new booster. But, less than five percent of the population has gotten it.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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