The COVID-19 delta variant continues to spread among the unvaccinated population throughout the United States. This is particularly concerning for young adults and teens, who seem to be at greater risk of infection and serious disease than in the early days of the pandemic. The spread of COVID-19 puts all of our effort to return to normal, including in-person classes, at risk. We need your help to protect each other and to continue our return to a normal educational experience.
We encourage every person in the Coast District – especially students, faculty, and staff – to review the science, weigh your risks, and strongly consider vaccination. A vaccination mandate with testing protocol for those with qualified exemptions will be in place for spring 2022. We're in this together!
Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College are offering vaccines provided through Orange County on their campuses. Please follow the campus specific links for more information.
Other vaccination locations may be found through the county's vaccine management system Othena. At this point all residents 12 years old and over, students of a college, and those working in the county are eligible to receive a vaccine through Othena. There are also several vaccine distribution channels available at this time: through the state, county or city where you live, local pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and independent health care providers. Please explore all your options. Take the first appointment that works for you.
A number of science-based and verified sources of information exist. A good place to start is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more about vaccination from the CDC.
Health experts continue to say that the difference between vaccines is less important than the difference between being protected versus unprotected. Additionally, as of August 23, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration has given full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. This covers the vast majority of Coast District students.
The Coast District adopted a vaccination mandate for students, faculty, staff, managers, and trustees in August 2021. The mandate is being implemented in phases, with no impact to students' ability to attend fall classes if currently enrolled. Those exempted from vaccination will need to be tested regularly.
While having a vaccinated population is integral to opening up our campuses and allowing us to gather in groups, vaccination records are part of a person's confidential medical records.
Additional frequently asked questions are available here.