With a new COVID-19 variant causing health issues in California and the country at large, CSUs, UCs, and SJDC all implement new vaccination mandates for students returning to campus, along with masks for indoor gatherings. This comes after SJDC voted no on vaccine mandates last month.
The new Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus continues to spread throughout California, posing health risks for large gatherings of people. To combat this infectious disease, the California State University system, the University of California system, and our local San Joaquin Delta College have implemented new vaccination mandates after discussing guidelines with health officials over the summer.
Students who wish to return to campus during the fall semester must certify that they have received their COVID-19 vaccinations from either Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, or Pfizer. Those who do not verify their vaccinations by a specific deadline (2-3 weeks after the beginning of the semester) will be unable to return to campus or participate in off campus activities that are held by the universities.
Religious and medical exemptions are available to students who refuse or are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Those with waivers will still be required to take COVID-19 tests every two weeks in the CSU and UC systems, and SJDC will have daily health checks for all their students using the RAVE Guardian app. All students and faculty that meet indoors will be required to wear masks; however, vaccinated instructors can choose to remove their masks during lecture as long as they are at least six feet from their students. Masks and social distancing will not be enforced outdoors. Physical distancing will only be required for unmasked, vaccinated faculty while indoors.
Full details and certification information should have already been emailed to each student’s college inbox. Originally, the San Joaquin Delta College board of trustees voted on July 6, 2021 to not require vaccinations for returning students. However, by August 17th the board reversed their decision and voted to implement vaccination requirements.