Chico State vaccination mandate deadline approaching

Chico State’s vaccination deadline is just days away, students who do not comply are at risk of being dropped from their in-person classes.

Posted: Sep 29, 2021 7:26 PM
Updated: Sep 30, 2021 9:11 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico State’s vaccination deadline is just days away.

The university said around 400 students still have to take action to prevent getting withdrawn from their courses.

Students must either show proof of vaccination or get approved for a qualified exemption otherwise they'll get dropped from their in-person classes on Oct. 1. 

Mike Guzzi, Emergency Operations Center Director for the university says they are helping prevent students from getting dropped.

“We’re calling them, they're getting more texts, phone calls, emails, we're actively communicating as much as we can,” Guzzi said.

He said they'll be offering a short grace period. If you get your shot now or have it in the last week they'll give you until Oct. 8 to bring in proof.

But between Oct. 8 and Oct. 14, students will have to get approval from each instructor in order to return to in-person classes.

“I know it’s rough and you may be totally against it but in terms of keeping yourself safe and the rest of us safe I think it'd be a good idea to keep attending in-person classes and events going on,” said Chico State student Jose Diaz.

Guzzi said after Oct. 14, students would have to go through a formal appeal process in order to be allowed back into their in-person classes.

He also said out of about 16,000 students who attend the university, around 600 have been granted vaccine exemptions.

Guzzi adds that 93% of the people on the Chico State campus.

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