LA Community Colleges to Require COVID-19 Vaccine or Tests
The Los Angeles Community College District will require proof of vaccination or regular testing for students and faculty members during the fall semester. The use of masks will continue to be required – a policy across Los Angeles County as coronavirus cases continue to rise due to the Delta variant.
The logistics of the vaccination policy at the nine campuses are still being worked out, LACCD spokesman William Boyer said, but students and faculty will have the opportunity to get tested. . Immunization status will not prevent anyone from registering, working or attending campus. System-wide enrollments in the LACCD were around 230,000 in the most recent data available, for the 2019-2020 school year.
âIn general, if employees or students don’t want to get the vaccine or don’t want to share this information, then to gain access to colleges or the district, they would have to provide proof of a current negative C-19 test,â he said. declared Boyer. told The Times. The frequency of testing will likely be weekly.
The Long Beach Community College district also announced last week that it would require proof of vaccination or regular testing.
âThe majority of LBCC’s student body is between the ages of 18 and 35, and it is the population that is hit hardest by the COVID-19 Delta variant,â said Uduak-Joe Ntuk, chairman of the board of administration.
The LACCD had previously said it would withhold from enforcing a vaccination mandate until the Food and Drug Administration granted final approval – which has yet to happen.
The University of California and California State University systems have taken a stricter stance and announced last month that vaccinations would be mandatory for all students and staff, with testing alternatives offered. to people benefiting from a medical or religious exemption.
Unlike UC and the State of California, decisions about immunization requirements within the California community college system rest with each local district. The community college chancellor’s office “urged all local districts to exercise their authority,” spokesman Rafael Chavez said.
A May notice from the community college system recognized that while individual districts will decide to implement a vaccine requirement, several factors must be considered in the decision.
âDistrict officials will want to consider how the risks and benefits of a vaccine requirement should be weighed against a number of factors, including administrative burdens, enforcement, campus population, enrollment, collective bargaining, availability of other security measures and views. of campus stakeholders, âsays the opinion.
It was not immediately clear how many of the state’s 116 community college districts announced a vaccination policy.