Today, we launch a new website providing information on vaccination. While Coast District students are the primary audience for this site, it is also a resource for faculty, classified and confidential staff, and management.
As an educational institution, we pride ourselves on gaining knowledge through rigorous scholarly processes. The continuing spread of COVID-19, particularly the delta variant, presents an opportunity to demonstrate the importance of educating oneself from high-quality sources.
From the scholarly sources I've read, the COVID-19 delta variant poses a serious risk to our educational, social, and economic recovery. Beyond being more contagious, the spread of the variant among unvaccinated clusters may produce further variants that may be vaccine resistant – endangering us all.
If the increase in Orange County's case counts continue to rise as they have been, we could see backtracking on our newly returned sense of normalcy. This could mean a return of face coverings for all (now recommended in Los Angeles County) or even affect our plans for a return to campuses and offices.
Being antagonistic, or confrontational, will not aid in encouraging vaccination. Yet, we do know that quiet and consistent modeling of behavior will lead others to consider their own actions. Together, we can set a positive example for our students and communities.
John Weispfenning, Ph.D.