Dr. Viktor Limanskiy administers the COVID-19 vaccine at the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless in Stockton, Calif., in April 2021. (Photo courtesy Joan Singson, Director of Population Health Management at San Joaquin General Hospital)

San Joaquin Delta College students have a month to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to be eligible to register for in-person or hybrid classes for spring 2022.

Delta College officials said students must submit proof of vaccination or a medical exemption by Oct. 15 and students who don’t comply will not be able to register for any in-person classes until their vaccination status is confirmed.

Students with priority registration can begin registering for spring classes on Oct. 18.

Alex Breitler, director of marketing and communications at Delta College, said the decision came from last month’s board of trustees meeting where the board voted to make vaccinations mandatory for students and faculty.

However, Breitler said any students who prefer to not be vaccinated can continue taking online classes and their registration won’t be affected by the mandate.

“This semester (Fall) about 60 percent of our classes are still online … so if that is your preference, the good news is there are lots of options,” Breitler said.

Any student with a medical exemption must be tested twice a week for COVID-19, according to the Delta College website.

Delta College officials said they still encourage all students to get vaccinated and are giving students access to vaccinations on campus.

Students wanting to get vaccinated can visit the health clinic located at the Locke Center for their vaccine.

“Two days a week they can go and get vaccinated,” Breitler said. “They don’t need an appointment and can walk in and get it done.”

More information on the COVID-19 vaccination requirement can be found at https://deltacollege.edu/coronavirus/covid-vaccinations-required.

Victoria Franco is a Stockton-based reporter covering the diverse news around the Central Valley as part of the Report for America program. As a Stockton native, Franco is proud to cover stories within her community and report a variety of coverage. She is a San Jose State University alumna with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. In her collegiate years she was Managing Editor for the Spartan Daily. From her time at the Spartan Daily she helped lead her staff to California College Media Awards and a General Excellence first place. Victoria encourages readers to email her story tips and ideas at victoria.franco@baycitynews.com.