OCC vaccine mandate details unveiled at student council meeting

This is the interface OCC students can expect to see on the Cleared4 app that will be used to manage vaccine and testing mandates during the coming spring semester. (Note: Ashley Heather is not an OCC student.) 

The Coast Community College District Student Council (DSC) revealed on Oct. 15 how the district-wide vaccine mandate will be implemented in the 2022 spring semester.

The District is asking that all students who do not have a medical, religious or personal exemption receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Students who are not vaccinated must take a weekly COVID-19 test.

The district will be using the website and mobile app Cleared4 to monitor vaccine and testing records. Director of CCCD Chancellor’s Office Operations and Government Relations Julia Clevenger explained how the website works.

“You will be able to login and upload your vaccine paperwork, upload your request for exemption,” she said. “And it gives you a little ‘green go’ or ‘red wait’ on your phone.”

If you get the vaccine and upload your vaccine card to Cleared4, you don’t need to use the website again, though you may need to use the app to show proof of vaccination for in-person student services.

“The testing protocol will be a more regular thing. They’ll notify you of your appointment time,” Clevenger said. “You go through the test and get your results back within 24 hours.”

Some students expressed concern regarding the legitimacy of personal exemptions and the gaps between weekly testing. Clevenger acknowledged the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 but emphasized the other prevention measures in place.

“Anytime you’re indoors, you have to remain masked,” she said. “We’re still operating with 50% capacity in classrooms and maintaining a 3-feet distance.”

Students must upload either proof of vaccination or a request for exemption by Jan. 24, 2022. This means that students planning on getting the vaccine must receive their second shot on or before Jan. 10, 2022.

During the meeting, the DSC also created an Information and Awareness Committee to address misinformation and disinformation, such as that related to the vaccine.

“A lot of low-income residents in Orange County are getting false information about COVID-19 vaccinations in general,” Vice Chair Sarah Guidroz said. “I think that trying to correct some of this misinformation and disinformation at the community level would be good community service.”

Students can receive COVID-19 vaccines at all three CCCD schools, including Orange Coast College.


Disclosure: Sarah Guidroz, who was interviewed for this story, is also the editor in chief of Coast Report.


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how do we sign up for cleared 44?

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