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The University of Colorado Boulder will require students, faculty and staff get a COVID booster shot as the campus prepares to return to in-person learning.

The announcement was made in an email sent to CU Boulder staff and students Tuesday.

“As we enter the spring semester, new COVID-19 cases are on the rise due to the omicron variant’s faster transmission rate and ability to cause breakthrough infections,” the email read.

CU Boulder is currently operating remotely due to rising COVID numbers and the recent Marshall Fire, but it is anticipated in-person classes will resume Jan. 24.

According to the email, students, staff and faculty must upload proof of a booster or apply for an exemption by Feb. 24 or five months after receiving the final dose of the original series, whichever is later.

Those who have already received an exemption for the vaccine are automatically exempt from the booster requirement.

“The added protection of boosters will help ensure we are able to conduct the rest of the spring term as planned and will help protect those in the surrounding community who are most vulnerable to COVID-19,” the email read.

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