The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, which serves nearly 30,000 students annually in the East Bay, will require full vaccination against COVID-19 for all students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus, beginning in the coming spring semester.
The district on Friday announced the comprehensive vaccine mandate from the school district’s board in a statement.
“As a public agency it is incumbent upon our district to ensure our students are learning and our faculty and staff are working in the safest possible environment,” the statement said.
Anyone attending “in-person classes or participating in any activity on any campus in-person in the spring semester” must be vaccinated, the statement read, though the board’s mandate allows for “medical and religious exemptions.”
Students will be required to have their vaccination proof or exemption approved before they can register for any in-person classes at either Chabot College in Hayward or Las Positas College in Livermore. Registration for spring 2022 classes opens on Nov. 9, and classes will begin on Jan. 18, 2022, according to the district.
Students must have received their final vaccination dose at least 14 days before coming to campus, the district said.
“After much consultation with health officials and our education partners throughout the state, the board felt it best to go in this direction and mandate a COVID-19 vaccination,” the district statement read.
Students attending online-only classes “who will not be visiting campus for any reason” are not required to show proof of immunization, according to the statement.
The board of Ohlone Community College District, which serves about 15,000 students and has campuses in Fremont and Newark, last month also enacted a vaccine mandate, that became effective Sept. 30. All students and staff, or anyone on Ohlone’s campuses, is required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Ohlone’s mandate also includes exemption for “verified medical or religious reasons.”