Students who register for spring 2023 will no longer need proof of vaccination.
For the last couple of years, we have weathered the COVID pandemic together remaining flexible, adapting to continuous changes, and embracing the necessary measures to keep our students and employees healthy and safe. And as conditions evolved, we continued to adjust our protocols, guidelines and resources as needed, and we will continue to do so as we move forward.
Recently, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that it is ending the COVID-19 policies that required weekly COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated and under-vaccinated workers in high-risk workplaces and schools. Many other community college districts have already taken the initiative and have either already suspended their vaccination mandate or have removed the process of providing a proof of vaccination. And in our own community, Napa Valley Unified School District has suspended vaccine requirements for employees.
Therefore, effective immediately, Napa Valley College has suspended its Vaccine Policy. Thus, NVC will also suspend the testing requirement and any current accommodations for unvaccinated employees and students. We have discussed this change with both our Classified Professionals Union and the Faculty Association, who have shared their support for this decision. The college maintains the ability to reinstate testing and/or vaccine protocols, should public health conditions or recommendations change. The college’s Emergency Management Team continuously monitors these conditions.
The CDPH has encouraged sites to "maintain testing capacity at their worksite and have the ability to ramp up testing at their worksite, in the event of outbreaks or if it is required again at a future date.” NVC will continue to offer free testing to students and employees; however, it will no longer be a requirement.
It is still recommended all individuals stay up to date on the COVID-19 vaccine and the updated booster to protect themselves from severe illness. Vaccination and testing are still two key measures that help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, as is masking and improving indoor ventilation. And, while maks are no longer required, they are recommended indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
How to Get Vaccinated
For more information about local vaccine availability, visit the
Napa County vaccination site. This site is updated frequently with information about eligibility and vaccine sites in your area, including how to access vaccines via healthcare providers. You can also visit the State of California’s
MyTurn website if you do not live in Napa County or you want more information about eligibility.
Thank you for helping keep our campus and community safe and healthy!
Why should you get vaccinated?
Let's Get to Immunity!