Los Rios community colleges will not require vaccines

The district encourages those attending school to get vaccinated

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Although it’s not a requirement, the Los Rios Community College District encourages those attending school to get vaccinated. (Canva illustration by Gwen Mahler)

Gwen Mahler , Staff Writer

The Los Rios Community College District announced in an email on May 3, that unlike California State University and the University of California systems, they do not anticipate that vaccines will be required for Los Rios students or employees this upcoming fall semester. 

According to an email sent by Brian King, chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District, the colleges won’t require vaccines, because they serve all students.

Our colleges serve all students who come to us and we cannot simply replace unvaccinated students with vaccinated ones from a long waiting list,” the email said.

Last month, King shared plans about the upcoming fall 2021 instructional schedule and since then adjustments have been made to increase in-person offerings in light of evolving public health conditions. 

For more information, lists of “impossible to convert” and “difficult to convert” programs can be found on the Los Rios district’s reopening website. As of May 3, the fall schedule has been published and students are currently enrolling. 

“We remain committed to doing everything we can to expand in-person classes to the extent possible should public health conditions allow in the weeks leading up to the start of the fall semester,” King said in the email.

Along with in-person classes, King has started discussions about offering most student services back on-ground this fall to support the students who require in-person services. The implementation of services offered to students varies college-by-college based on the student demand and staffing dynamics. A full list of which services are expected to be offered on campus this fall can also be found on the Los Rios district’s reopening website. 

To learn about how and where to get the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Sacramento County Vaccine Registration website. This site is updated frequently with information about eligibility and vaccine sites in the Sacramento County area, including how to access vaccines via healthcare providers.