Staff and students at Cerritos College will have to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to work or attend classes on campus beginning next year.

The vaccine mandate will take effect Jan. 3. The policy, approved by the college’s Board of Trustees last week, allows for religious or medical exemptions “with proper documentation.” People receiving an exemption will have to undergo weekly COVID testing to access any in-person facility.

Students who are only taking remote classes will not need to show proof of COVID vaccination or weekly testing, as long as they do not attempt to access the campus in person.

The college currently requires students and staff to show proof of vaccination or a weekly negative COVID test to take part in on-campus activities. The new policy eliminates the weekly testing option, unless a religious or medical exemption is granted.

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