Vaccines Still Required For Spring Semester

Students returning to campus in the spring will be required to show proof of vaccination


Jianping Cao

Near the rear of the administration building a sign encouraging masking greets students on Sept. 7.

Mt. SAC has outlined continuous vaccination and testing requirements for current and incoming students during the spring semester. Any student who is taking in person classes or hybrid classes will be required to submit evidence of vaccination. The first dose is due Feb. 11 by 7:59 p.m. Full evidence of both vaccination doses will be due March 25 at 2 p.m.

Students who are attending the spring semester online will be exempt from submitting evidence of vaccination. Incoming new students will need to create a Cleared4 account and upload proof of either their first dose or full vaccination status. Students who have already submitted their evidence of both doses will be exempt from submitting evidence again unless they have received their booster. Students who do not submit evidence of vaccination will be dropped from their in person courses.

Students who have not received their second dose will be required to receive a COVID-19 test including students who are eligible to receive their booster shot but have not received it.

Mt. SAC currently offers free on-campus testing by the following locations:

  • Building 4 Administration (near the flag poles) Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Building 67A (east campus) from Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A map showing testing locations can be found here.

Students who will not receive their COVID-19 vaccines must fill out a religious exemption if they wish to continue in person classes. They must sign in with their Mt. SAC student account and submit it no later than Feb. 11 at 7:59 p.m.

Students who require a medical exemption will need to fill out a form and download the medical questionnaire form for their medical provider to fill out. Both forms can be found here.

In addition to vaccination and testing requirements, face coverings will continue to be required indoors. Face coverings will be provided by professors in classrooms and can be picked up in various locations on campus.

Earlier this month, California re-established their mask mandate until Feb. 15 due to the holiday surge in COVID-19 cases. Officials have also urged the public to use KN95 masks which are thought to better protect against COVID-19 over cloth masks.

Face masks will be distributed in pharmacies across the U.S. as part of the Biden administration’s effort to distribute 400 million free KN95 masks. Beginning Friday, a limit of three masks per person will be distributed across participating pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens among others. The program, which is set to be fully running by February will provide free masks to every person residing in the US.

Mt. SAC reminds students to stay home if they are feeling sick. Students are also expected and encouraged to fill out a student health check form if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or have tested positive. The form is critical for contact tracers, public safety and custodial services. Students should also notify their professors and/or campus employers. Contact tracers can be reached by phone at (909) 274-6900 or email [email protected].