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Valparaiso University announced new policies for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. According to an email sent out from Student Life to the campus community, “a booster shot is needed six months after an initial Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series, or two months after a J & J vaccine.” With the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and continued concerns with the Delta variant, the university is requiring all students, 18 years and older, to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine booster prior to Feb. 28, 2021.

Students with University approved exemptions may maintain the exemption. However, said students will continue to be required to wear a mask at all times on campus and be subject to regular testing. Students who recently completed the COVID-19 vaccination process and are not eligible for the COVID-19 booster prior to Feb. 28 will be required to obtain a booster within 10 days of the date of their eligibility and report it to the University on the MedProctor portal. 

Booster shots are readily available at many major pharmacies such as Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Target and Meijer. Additionally, the University will host booster shot clinics in late January and February, for those who are unable to receive their booster until the spring semester. 

An individual may get either the Pfizer or Moderna booster shot; regardless of the type of vaccine received during their initial vaccination.

Students may upload their proof of booster via the same portal used to submit flu shot information at Valpo Vaccine Verification portal (https://secure.medproctor.com/Account/SignIn). 

For more info and further updates, visit the 2021-2022 COVID-19 Academic Year Guidance website at valpo.edu/covid-info/.

This is a developing story. The Torch will update this story as more information becomes available.

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