Kern Community College District implements vaccine mandate, effective Nov. 1

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern Community College District’s (KCCD) vaccine mandate will go into effect on Nov. 1. It will require all students and staff to show proof of vaccination to access district property via a pass system — green pass means go and red pass means no.

All individuals who do not submit their vaccination information will receive a red pass on their KCCD Campus Pass app and will not be allowed to access in-person services, according to Bakersfield College’s website.

Students and staff can submit their vaccine information on BC’s website.

The BC Health and Wellness Center is also currently administering the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines on campus Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The vaccines are being administered in he Fireside Room of the Campus Center. They are accepting walk-ins and appointments on myturn.ca.gov.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Aug. 12 and has since been edited with updates.


Kern Community College District Board of Trustees votes to approve mask mandate

Aug. 12

The Kern Community College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to implement a vaccine requirement consistent with the state’s mandate on Aug. 12. District employees, students, and others who access District facilities are required to get the COVID-19 vaccine. According to state law, students and staff may be exempt from this requirement if they have a religious or medical reason. 

“This is an opportunity for us to really ensure our public that while we are engaging in in-person activities, they are going to be safe on one of our district campuses,” Dr. Nicky Damania, Dean of students at Bakersfield College said.

The board also voted that they have the right to amend the vaccine requirement as necessary based on the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations from health authorities.

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