SALINAS – All current and new students at Hartnell College will be asked to provide proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 no later than December 10 in preparation for the spring semester 2022, the school said in an email to students on Friday.
“The pandemic is still with us, and along with precautions such as camouflage and physical distancing, widespread vaccination is needed to stop the spread of this deadly virus,” the email said.
The deadline for students on December 10 is the renewal of the vaccination mandate adopted by Hartnell’s board on September 21. A similar 13 December deadline has been set for the full vaccination of employees, although further implementation details await results. ongoing discussions with negotiating units.
Benefits for medical and religious reasons will be available to students and staff.
In finalizing her student vaccination schedule, Hartnell said she hopes to ensure that all students are vaccinated, or at least know when the requirement will take effect, before registration for the college’s spring semester begins in early November.
Any students who do not provide proof of complete vaccination by December 10 will be excluded from spring classes, which are due to begin on January 24. Students can re-enroll if they provide proof of vaccination. Likewise, all other students who are enrolled in the spring after vaccination requirements take effect will be required to provide proof of vaccination at the time of enrollment.
Students currently enrolled can complete their classes in fall 2021 regardless of vaccination.
The upcoming requirement applies to all Hartnell students, whether they are taking face-to-face or online classes, as on-campus college opportunities and services are available to those enrolled in any position.
However, the deadline does not apply to those participating in the Hartnell Dual-Enrollment Program, which allows high school students from Monterey County school districts to take college credit courses. Likewise, imprisoned students are also excluded from Hartnell’s vaccination mandate.
Given the vaccine requirements, Hartnell expects more than two-thirds of all spring semester classes to be taught face-to-face or in a hybrid format – better than the 50-50 split between online and face-to-face this fall.
Like Hartnell, Monterey Peninsula College is moving towards a fully vaccinated campus. After the MPC board unanimously voted to require vaccinations for all students and staff on October 14, the school is now in the process of determining when the requirements will go into effect, with no deadline yet.