EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Michigan State is making an update to their vaccine policy.

MSU President Samuel L. Stanley announced in a letter today the school will be mandating all students, faculty and staff to get the COVID-19 booster shot at the beginning of the spring 2022 semester.

“The high vaccination rate among our students, faculty and staff has been an essential component to what has been a successful fall semester. Combined with our face covering requirement, this has created a safer community for our students, faculty and staff to live, work and learn with fewer cases than the communities around us,” Stanley said.

The CDC recently strengthened their policy to strongly recommending everyone 16 and older get the COVID-19 booster shot.

Students, faculty and staff who already have religious or medical exemptions will remain exempt from the booster requirement. 

“We know our COVID-19 directives are working to mitigate the spread of the virus, and this is an important next step. Thank you for doing your part,” Stanley said.