Contra Costa college district to require student, employee vaccinations

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Middle College High School operates at the Contra Costa College campus at 2600 Mission Bell Dr. in San Pablo.

All Contra Costa Community College District (4CD) employees, as well as students who attend at least one in-person class or who visit a college facility or campus, will need to be fully vaccinated starting Monday, Nov. 1.

At its Sept. 8 meeting, the college district’s Board passed a resolution establishing the COVID-19 vaccine requirement. 4CD includes Contra Costa College, Los Medanos College and Diablo Valley College.

“All visitors, including vendors and subcontractors, are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated and will be required to complete a health assessment prior to visiting a 4CD facility,” the college district said. “The 4CD Governing Board has determined that requiring vaccines for students and employees is necessary to ensure the health and safety of the 4CD community.

Vaccination exceptions are extended to employees and students who have valid medical reasons, a disability, who are pregnant, or who have sincere religious objection “based on a person’s sincerely held religious beliefs, practice or observance,” the district said.

“When an exception or deferral has been approved, regular weekly COVID-19 testing with evidence of negative test results will be required for any unvaccinated person accessing District campuses or facilities,” the college district said.

Chancellor Bryan Reece said 4CD reached out to students and employees and received “overwhelming support to take this action.”

“COVID-19 and its many variants will be with us for a while, so we must take prudent steps like this one so we can continue providing face-to-face instruction and services for our students, while ensuring we have a safe place to learn and work for our students and staff,” Reece said.