COVID-19 Updates on Monitoring OC’s Low Risk and Boosters

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The situation with COVID-19 across the country and around the globe continues to evolve and I want to assure you that we continue to monitor and act as needed in this ever-changing landscape.

Under the continued leadership of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Harold Hewitt, a COVID-19 task force remains active to respond if local conditions warrant it. Currently, Orange County remains in the LOW risk level based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, meaning our on-campus protocols remain limited. Please remember that masks are recommended while on the Chapman shuttles, in compliance with the state mandates. With the national focus turning to the BA.2 variant, the COVID-19 team is closely monitoring the situation and will announce changes, if needed, based on the CDC risk level.

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for individuals 50 years of age and older at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster and certain immunocompromised individuals. Chapman protocol will remain unchanged until our state and local health agencies make a recommendation, however, we encourage those eligible to remain up to date on boosters.

Again, the COVID-19 team on campus is staying on top of these changes and I will keep you informed as needed.