Long Beach City College could be the city’s first educational institution to require COVID-19 vaccine • Long Beach Post News
The Long Beach Community College board of directors is expected to vote tomorrow on a resolution that may require campus employees, staff and students to begin providing proof that they are or have been vaccinated against COVID-19. excluded from campus activities.
If the board passes the resolution, employees would be required to submit proof of vaccination by January 1, regardless of their current work assignment, and students would be required to provide proof by February 7, the first day of the semester. of spring.
Those who cannot get medical exemptions or other accommodation will be excluded from campus, according to the resolution. Booster doses would also be required in the event that these are approved for widespread use.
It is not known whether employees will be sacked for failing to comply with the vaccination mandate. A college spokesperson did not immediately respond to questions about the mandate.
The LBCC is reportedly the first educational institution to remove COVID-19 testing as an alternative in favor of a full mandate. The college announced its current vaccine needs alongside officials from Cal State Long Beach at a press conference on July 28.
Cal State Long Beach currently allows unvaccinated students to attend campus with proof of a negative test.
While Gov. Gavin Newsom announced earlier this month that he was signing a statewide ordinance that would make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for eligible K-12 students, this ordinance will not be effective for LBUSD students until the Federal Drug Administration approves a vaccine for children under 12 years of age.
The state has divided the rollout of its mandate into two groups – students 12 and older to be vaccinated once the FDA fully approves a vaccine for children 12 to 15 years old and the other block being children. from 5 to 11 years old.
Mandates for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students would come into effect the semester after each age group has obtained full approval.
Long Beach city officials said late last month they would also remove the testing option for unvaccinated city employees and require them to be vaccinated, although the city has not specified when the mandate would come into effect. The city is currently negotiating with individual employee unions over the mandate and potential disciplinary action for those who refuse it.
A representative from the Long Beach City College Faculty Association could not immediately be reached for comment.
Students and faculty who are not vaccinated and are not exempt from receiving one will be considered absent from class without excuse, according to the resolution.
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