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Message from the President

Mandated COVID-19 Vaccination 

September 10, 2021

Greetings Warrior Family,

After careful consideration, the El Camino Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the implementation of a mandatory vaccination program for students, faculty and staff at El Camino College. This action aligns with the guidance and public health recommendations issued by the CDC, California Department of Public Health and the L.A. County Department of Public Health which all state that vaccination is the most effective approach to mitigating and preventing the transmission of COVID-19, the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus. The decision was made during the Board’s online regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 7.

El Camino College employees must be vaccinated before November 8, 2021; students have until January 3, 2022 to receive their vaccination. Accommodations will be considered for individuals who may be exempt from this mandate due to medical and religious reasons, but employees should first discuss their work assignment with their immediate supervisor. The District will continue utilizing the screening protocols, testing and contact tracing currently operated by World Back to Work (WBTW). All students and employees who have not reported their vaccination status should complete this task as soon as possible. Please access your WBTW account, create your user profile and upload your vaccination card details.

Vaccinations are available on campus. If you are not yet fully vaccinated and would like to access the campus vaccination services, please contact Student Health Services to schedule an appointment to receive the free Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Drop-in vaccination appointments are also available.

The District’s decision came after months of public discussions, input from faculty and staff, and monitoring of positive cases reported on campus and throughout the County of Los Angeles. The District’s mandated vaccination for the campus community is following precedent set by other educational institutions aimed to provide healthy and safe learning environments. The College will continue to review viable and legally applicable mandates and strategies pertaining to the verification of vaccination status of employees of vendors and contractors in relation to this District requirement.

The safety and wellbeing of the El Camino campus community continues to be our highest priority as we navigate the effects of this pandemic together. I truly appreciate your patience, collegiality, cooperation, and collaboration as we work together to keep our campus community healthy.

Best regards,
Brenda Thames, Ph.D.
Superintendent/President, El Camino College