The Los Angeles Community College District Board of Directors voted on Wednesday night to make vaccination mandatory for all staff – even those who work remotely – and students taking classes in person or using campus facilities. nine colleges in the district.
The vote to revise the policy – which previously provided for either a COVID-19 vaccination or regular coronavirus testing – is tied to the official federal approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for people 16 years of age and older. The district had previously said it would not require vaccination until such approval.
Medical and religious exceptions will be authorized. Those exempted will have to be tested at least once a week.
The new policy went 7 to 1 with administrator Ernest Moreno voting no.
Visitors to campus, including contracted employees, will be required to go through a medical screening process online or upon arrival. Those who have been cleared will be given a QR code they would need to enter common areas on campus, Nish said.
The district will give students and employees until mid-October – likely October 18 – to get vaccinated or get an exemption and register their status. It wasn’t entirely clear how many students would be affected, as around 25-30% of classes are in person.
“Nothing more efficient [at] keep people safe from the vaccine, ”said administrator Steven Veres.
The University of California and California State University systems have made vaccination of students and faculty mandatory, as have several private colleges statewide.