El Camino Community College students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus before the winter session begins, the board of trustees announced this week.
The unanimous decision came during the board’s regular public meeting on Tuesday, 7 September. El Camino, near Torrance, now joined other Los Angeles County community colleges in mandating the vaccine for students and staff, including Long Beach City and Los Angeles Harbor Colleges.
El Camino employees must provide proof of vaccination by November 8. Students have time till the start of the winter session on January 3.
The on-campus Student Health Center is offering Johnson & Johnson free single-dose vaccines on weekdays to students and staff. Appointments are suggested, but drop-in services are also available.
The decision to mandate the vaccine follows months of public discussion with the board, input from faculty and staff, and monitoring of reported coronavirus cases on campus and in Los Angeles County, especially as the highly permeable Delta variant continues to spread.
El Camino Community College District superintendent Brenda Thames said exemptions would be considered for medical conditions and religious beliefs.
“The prevalence of this virus,” Thames said in a statement, “determines that we continue to provide instruction and student services in a variety of modalities and platforms that meet the diverse needs of our students. “