California Colleges Slowly Begin Vaccinating Faculty, Students — But Likely Won’t Require ImmunizationMarch 1, 2021 |
by Matthew Reagan, Zaeem Shaikh, Shehreen Karim, Ryan Loyola, Elena Shao and Mallika Seshadri
In mid-January, science education professor Al Schademan received one of around 2,000 emails sent to faculty, student employees and essential staff at California State University, Chico. The email contained a surprise for Schademan: He would be among the first higher education employees in California to gain coveted access to the coronavirus vaccine.
Within a couple weeks, Schademan was climbing a back stairway at the 298-bed Enloe Medical Center, where in a room above the hospital cafe he received his first shot of the Pfizer vaccine, an adventure he said felt like participating in a covert operation.
Getting vaccinated was a relief, said Schademan, who’s now considering teaching in-person in the fall.