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The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, which serves approximately 30,000 students annually in the East Bay, will require a full COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus, starting next spring.

On Friday, the district announced the blanket vaccine mandate from the school district’s board of directors in a statement.

“As a public agency, our district has an obligation to ensure that our students learn and that our faculty and staff work in a safe environment,” the statement said.

Anyone who attends “personal tutoring or engages in any activity on any campus in person in the spring” must be vaccinated, the statement reads, although the board’s mandate allows for “medical and religious exemptions.”

Students will be required to approve proof of their vaccination or exemption before they can enroll in any in-person tutoring at Chabot College in Hayward or Las Positas College in Livermore. Registration for Spring 2022 classes begins November 9, and classes will begin January 18, 2022, depending on the region.

The district said students must have received their final vaccination dose at least 14 days before coming to campus.

“After much consultation with health officials and our education partners across the state, the board felt it was best to go in that direction and mandate COVID-19 vaccination,” the county statement read.

According to the statement, students who only attend online classes “and who will not visit campus for any reason” are not required to show proof of vaccination.

The Ohlone Community College District board, which serves about 15,000 students and has campuses in Fremont and Newark, also last month issued a mandate on the vaccine, which is effective September 30. All students and staff, or anyone on the Ohlone campus, must receive a full COVID-19 vaccination.

Ohlone’s mandate also includes an exemption for “verified medical or religious reasons.”

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