As part of MiraCosta College’s safe, steady, and sustainable approach to COVID-19 protocols and procedures, MiraCosta College will proceed with the following as it relates to COVID-19 vaccinations, usage of masks, and isolation guidance.
Effective Wednesday, June 1, 2022, the usage of masks inside buildings and classrooms will be done at the discretion of each individual according to personal health preferences. MiraCosta College strongly recommends wearing masks while indoors when the County CDC Risk is “High”, but will not require them. Health Services and Athletic Training will still require masks until April 3, 2023, per new CDPH regulations. After April 3, no masks will be required in healthcare settings.
Students & Community Members
Students and community members present on a MiraCosta College facility will not be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. However, they are highly encouraged to do so.
The employee vaccine mandate, BP/AP 7330: Communicable Disease, will remain in effect. All new employees will still be required to be vaccinated unless an approved exemption* for religious or medical reasons has been granted.
*Exempted employees will receive appropriate accommodations.
As of the week of February 24, in San Diego County, 80.7% of the eligible population are fully vaccinated, but only 22.9% have received a bivalent booster. MiraCosta College and the County of San Diego support COVID-19 boosters for those who are eligible and meet the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines for time between doses.
COVID-19 Case Protocol
Employees should report positive COVID-19 cases to their supervisor and COVID@miracosta.edu. They will receive guidance regarding isolation, testing, and care from the COVID Response Team.
Students should report positive COVID-19 cases to their instructors and reach out to Student Health Services at 760.795.6675 or email@example.com for questions regarding care and testing resources.
Faculty should complete and submit a CARE Referral Form (Select CARE/Concern for an individual as the “Nature of this report”) on students’ behalf, when informed by a student they have COVID-19. Health Services will reach out to the student regarding care, testing resources, and isolation guidance.
Larger events will remain outdoors and any event that may approach 1,000 total attendees should remain outdoors. For indoor events, face masks will be available by request.
Where Can I Find Additional Information?
For current information on MiraCosta’s return to campus and how to get vaccinated or receive the booster, please visit miracosta.edu/COVID. Students and employees can also ask questions at COVID@miracosta.edu.
Face Mask Policy
MiraCosta College is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment. In the interest of public health, MiraCosta College makes double-layered CDC-approved face masks available for students, employees, and visitors.
If Students need a facemask, you can pick one up at any of the following places:
- Student Services offices and front desks.
- Designated classrooms with on-ground/hybrid courses: All scheduled on-ground classrooms and regularly scheduled meeting spaces will be equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE) boxes that contain disposable and cloth masks, hand sanitizer, and ample surface wipes.
- Library and tutoring centers.
Employees can request face masks and respirators from Administrative Services by contacting Melanie Haynie at firstname.lastname@example.org or x6648.
The COVID Vaccine Is Available For Everyone Over The Age Of 6 Months
Vaccinations are being provided to everyone ages 6 months and above.
Scheduling Your Vaccination Appointment
- Healthcare Provider: If you have a doctor or are enrolled with a local healthcare system, please work with them to schedule an appointment. Many providers are notifying their patients directly with next steps to receive the COVID-19 vaccine based on federal and state guidance.
- County Locations: If you are unable to get the COVID-19 vaccine from a healthcare provider, the County of San Diego and its partners are offering vaccinations to individuals in eligible priority groups. Appointment information for County vaccination super stations and PODs is available online at www.VaccinationSuperStationSD.com.
Before Your Vaccination Appointment
- Take it easy the night before to ensure potential symptoms are not a result of other
Anticipate the COVID-19 vaccines may cause minor side effects in some people, like sore muscles, feeling tired, or mild fever.
- Do not take acetaminophen or ibuprofen in anticipation of potentially having side effects from the vaccine. Taking these medications for the purpose of preventing post-vaccination symptoms is not currently recommended.
During Your Vaccination Appointment
- A COVID-19 vaccination card will be given to you when you receive your first dose
of the vaccine. It will list:
- The type of vaccine you received.
- The date you received it.
- Where you received it.
- Keep this vaccination card in a safe place and bring it with you to your second dose appointment.
- If you have a smartphone with you, it is recommended you take a picture of your vaccination card in case you misplace the physical card between appointments.
- You will also receive a fact sheet that tells you more about the COVID-19 vaccine you received.
- You will be monitored for allergic reactions on-site for 15-30 minutes.
- You will be advised to register for v-safe for:
- Personalized health check-ins,
- Reminders to get your second dose,
- Quickly tells the CDC if you have any side effects, and after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Thank you for your ongoing understanding as we strive to provide accurate and timely information in a time of constant fluctuation. For all other questions or comments, please email COVID@miracosta.edu.