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By Samuel Alioto
Observer Staff Writer 

Santa Monica College Mandating Vaccines for Students, Staff on Campus this Fall

 

August 9, 2021

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Santa Monica College Mandating Vaccines for Students, Staff on Campus this Fall

If you are planning to attend classes on campus at Santa Monica College this fall, you need to be vaccinated.

So says the local college as it is gearing up for the fall semester which starts August 30.

In a letter to students, Santa Monica College detailed its mandatory vaccination program. The major requirements include:

Evidence of vaccinations for all students taking on-ground classes beginning in the fall semester;

All employees must report their vaccination status to the College District by August 16, and, if unvaccinated, must be fully vaccinated and report that vaccination status to the district by September 15;

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Santa Monica College Mandating Vaccines for Students, Staff on Campus this Fall

Or provide a process for vaccination exception or deferral in the following  situations – :(a) medical excuse from receiving COVID-19 vaccine due to medical contraindication or precaution; (b) disability; (c) during the period of any pregnancy; or (d) religious objection based on a person's sincerely held religious beliefs, practice or observance.

"Whenever an exception or deferral has been made, regular COVID-19 testing with evidence of negative test results will be required prior to any unvaccinated person accessing District campuses or facilities," said college officials. 

According to website, SMC has several vaccine clinics that are open to students, faculty, staff and their families and the community.

                        

 
 

Reader Comments(2)

HeyYou writes:

When you don't even have sovereignty over your own physical body, you're basically someone else's property. I never thought I'd see the day in the United States where the basic human right to bodily autonomy and to make your own healthcare choices was crushed by being forced to undergo an unwanted medical procedure.

Beppo writes:

So who is financially liable for paying students that are injured from this decision? SMC, the City of Santa Monica?

 
 
 

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