Immunization warrants rolled out to local community colleges, in radical federal order – SFBay

As of November 1, all students and staff on campuses in the Contra Costa Community College district will be required to show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19.

The resolution passed on Wednesday affects both staff and students at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill and Los Medanos College in Pittsburg.

The mandate applies to any student who attends at least one class in person or who is physically located on campus or at school facilities for any other reason. Faculty and staff are expected to meet vaccine requirements whether they teach on campus or remotely.

Exemptions or postponements will be granted in specific situations, including valid medical reason, disability, pregnancy or religious objection. Those exempted or deferred from the vaccine requirement will undergo weekly testing.

Visitors will need to complete a health assessment before entering campus grounds and facilities, and visitors are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.

Chancellor Bryan Reece said the decision was made with “overwhelming support” from students, faculty, professionals and managers.

He said:

“Covid-19 and its many variations will be with us for a while, so we need to take careful measures like this so that we can continue to provide face-to-face instruction and service for our students while ensuring to have a safe place to learn and work for our students and staff.

Over the past 30 days, children and young adults made up the vast majority of positive cases in Contra Costa County, according to health department data as of Thursday.

County health officials reported 20 deaths from Covid-19 in the past week, up from 15 the week before.

Contra Costa Health Sevi Demographic graph of the age of new Covid-19 cases in Contra Costa County, Calif., Over the past 30 days, with data pulled as of Thursday, September 9, 2021. (Graph courtesy of Contra Costa Health Services)

Ohlone Community College in Fremont issued a similar warrant effective September 30. The vaccine requirement at Ohlone applies to everyone on campus and extends to students and staff who participate in university services and district-related activities, on or off campus.

Nationally, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced broad immunization mandates for federal employees and contractors, workers in healthcare facilities who receive federal Medicare or Medicaid funds, and for all employers over 100 workers.

At the White House press conference Thursday, Biden spoke directly to more than a quarter of the eligible population – aged 12 and older – who have yet to receive a first dose, noting how unvaccinated “can cause a lot of damage.” In a frustrated tone he said:

“We have been patient. But our patience is running out and your refusal has cost us all.