COVID-19 Booster Now Required for NOCCCD Fall Semester In-Person Classes
To continue providing the safest educational environment possible, the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD) Board of Trustees has extended the COVID-19 vaccination mandate through the end of the calendar year 2022.
Fully Vaccinated to Include Booster Dose
As part of the NOCCCD COVID-19 vaccine requirement, all employees, and students over the age of 12 using campus facilities and/or taking in-person classes, labs, or visiting the library or learning centers, will need up-to-date vaccinations, which now includes a single booster dose when eligible*, on or before August 15, 2022. Students and employees will be informed when they can upload their updated documentation to the myGateway portlet.
*Get the COVID-19 Booster
For students who are eligible for the COVID-19 booster, we encourage you to get it right away so as not to delay any in-person classes or services after August 15, 2022. NOCCCD will host several opportunities for all community members to get vaccinated:
- Fullerton College will host a free vaccination clinic on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For details, visit fullcoll.edu/return
- Cypress College will host a free vaccination clinic on Thursday, April 28, 2022 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more details, visit cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus
NOCCCD is following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for determining when an individual is eligible for the booster. Visit the CDC website for additional details.
- Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna: If you received Pfizer or Moderna for your primary vaccine series, you are eligible to receive a booster shot five months after the second dose
- Johnson & Johnson: If you received Johnson & Johnson for your primary vaccination, you are eligible to receive a booster shot two months after the single dose
- World Health Organization-approved vaccines (vaccination outside of the United States): If you were vaccinated outside the U.S. with a WHO-approved vaccine, you are eligible to receive a booster shot five months after the final dose in the primary vaccination series. If you receive a booster shot in the United States, it is advised to choose either Pfizer-BioNTech or Modern for the booster shot
If Needed, Apply for an Exemption or Take Online Classes
As a reminder, students can apply for a medical or religious exemption. Students who are approved for an exemption will be required to submit to weekly testing. Students taking fully online courses or never coming on campus to access services, will not be asked to adhere to the NOCCCD vaccine mandate. To request an exemption, please click this link and complete the required documentation.
Information about COVID-19 and NOCCCD requirements are available at: nocccd.edu/covid19.
For links to the March 22, 2022, board agenda item and meeting minutes, see below:
- Board agenda item: (3/22 Board of Trustees Agenda Item 6.a Extend the Vaccine Requirement through the Remainder of 2022)
- Meeting minutes: (3/22 Board of Trustees Minutes on Agenda Item 6.a)