COVID-19 deadlines put vaccinated students at risk – The Orion



The five-week gap between the start of August classes in Chico state and the September 30 CSU deadline for COVID-19 vaccine certification has given hundreds of unvaccinated students access to campus facilities alongside vaccinated students.

However, Chico State announced on Friday that 314 students had been removed from in-person classes for failing to meet the vaccination mandate. Despite these reductions, some unvaccinated students will remain on campus thanks to a religious or medical exemption.

“There will always be unvaccinated people on this campus,” said Andrew Staples, public relations director for Chico State. “It’s part of the policy. There were probably others [now] that there won’t be after the 30th, but there will always be a small percentage, of course, like everywhere else.

As of Oct. 1, 6% to 7% of the population in the state of Chico who self-certified have received an exemption or requested an exemption, Staples added.

If students without an exemption ignore the extension and refuse to be fully immunized, Chico State will remove them from in-person classes and they will receive an allocated reimbursement that follows the university’s reimbursement schedule. If they stay in the online courses, there is no credit for the reduced units, Staples said.

“I had no intention of getting the vaccine, but I received an email stating that the COVID-19 vaccine was mandatory before entering campus, which prompted me to get it.” said Jovanna Jimenez-Flores, a student at Chico State. “I still believe that the vaccine will not guarantee a student to contract COVID, although those who are not vaccinated have a higher chance. “

Staples confirmed that the university had not penalized any students for going unvaccinated so far.

“I wasn’t happy that the university was making the vaccine mandatory – I thought it was enough to make everyone on campus wear masks. But I think the university thought it would create a much safer environment for its staff and students, ”Jimenez-Flores said.

Jimenez-Flores received his last dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the last vaccination clinic held in Chico State on September 14.

“Students may have taken classes online or in person with students who are not fully immunized. “

Andrew Staples, director of public relations for Chico State.

“It’s possible that students took classes online or in person with students who were not fully immunized,” Staples said.

As of the beginning of fall 2021, students and university employees have the responsibility to self-certify their vaccination status in accordance with the mandate put in place by the CSU system.

The warrant was announced on July 27, stipulating that all CSU students and employees intending to return to campus will be vaccinated by September 30. However, details have been left to each respective university due to differences in academic calendars.

On August 11, the Chico State Emergency Operations Center announced that students were to receive their first dose before classes began on August 23.

“When we said we require shots by August 23, we use“ required ”like,“ There will be no penalty. “We wanted to give the students enough time by just looking at the schedule to make sure they had their second vaccine, so that they could be fully immunized by September 30.

Andrew Staples, director of public relations for Chico State.

“When we said we demand shots by Aug. 23, we use ‘required’ like ‘there will be no penalty’,” Staples said. “We wanted to give the students enough time by just looking at the schedule to make sure they had their second vaccine, so that they could be fully immunized by September 30.”

Kimberly Morales can be reached at [email protected]mail.com or on Twitter @kimberlymnews.


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