Los Rios and American River College to Implement COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
August 4, 2021
To support the health and safety of students and all members of the community, on Tuesday night, August 3, the Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees voted to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all Los Rios employees and all students who access district and college facilities by no later than October 1, 2021. This decision comes as we are facing a new wave in this pandemic, with case numbers, hospitalizations, and deaths all increasing in our region and throughout the country.
"We are in the midst of a public health crisis and now is the time for bold, courageous action," said Los Rios Board President Deborah Ortiz. "By all accounts, the overwhelming majority of serious cases and deaths in California and nationwide are among the unvaccinated, underscoring the need for urgent action by institutions like ours to do our part to protect our campus communities."
All Los Rios employees and all students accessing district and college facilities (including in-person classes, student support services, or any other indoor on-campus activity) will need to provide evidence of their first vaccine dose by October 1, 2021. Consistent with all applicable law, exceptions will be granted for eligible documented medical conditions as well as narrowly defined and sincerely held religious beliefs. Masks will also be required for all students, faculty, and staff in any indoor space in Los Rios regardless of vaccination status. If students choose not to receive their first vaccine dose by the October 1, 2021 deadline, Los Rios will continue to offer online course options for enrollment.
The district has partnered with the Sacramento County Department of Public Health, the federal vaccination rollout program, and Walgreens to offer COVID-19 vaccines to all students and employees, as well as to host on-site vaccination clinics. Anyone wanting to schedule a vaccination appointment can visit the State of California's MyTurn website or Walgreens. Additional vaccination information is available on Sacramento County's vaccine website.
"Just a few short weeks ago, the CDC and others were recommending easing restrictions as health trends appeared to be trending in the right direction. Now, public health conditions are once again worsening," said Los Rios Chancellor Brian King. "If you have not yet been vaccinated, now is the time to protect yourself, your family, and your college and district community from this deadly disease. Vaccinations are free, safe, and effective, and are the most important thing we can do to help end this pandemic."
Up to $200 in incentives are available for students who are fully vaccinated and provide evidence of vaccination. Students need to complete the following steps by the deadlines to protect themselves and their community and to receive the full incentive:
- Provide evidence of receiving at least their first shot by September 1, 2021, to receive $100 (all students are eligible, including those who received their vaccination(s) before the requirement was put into place). Payments will be issued after September 1.
- Provide evidence of being fully vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and receive an additional $100 (again, all students are eligible, including those who received their vaccination(s) before the requirement was put into place). Payments will be issued after November 1.
Students who submit their vaccination status prior to these deadlines won't have to take any action to get their payment. The funds will be automatically deposited in their BankMobile account or, for those without an account, a check will be mailed directly to their address on file.
The district will be sharing more information, including the method that will be used to gather and track vaccination status, in the days and weeks ahead and will continue to update the reopening website with any new information.
Read the Board of Trustees' August 3, 2021 Resolution 2021-18: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement.