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RIT puts COVID-19 booster requirement on hold

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Rochester Institute of Technology

RIT says that it has put its requirement for students and staff to get a COVID-19 booster shot on hold.

The university says it suspended that requirement in response to low COVID-19 hospitalization rates in this region and in New York state overall. RIT says that while the latest variant is highly contagious, most fully vaccinated people who have been infected with COVID-19 are not experiencing severe illness or requiring hospitalization.

But RIT does say that the booster requirement may be reinstituted in the future based on guidance from public health experts, increased severe illness or other factors.

The University of Rochester put its requirement about a COVID-19 booster on hold earlier this month.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.