Jennifer Powell/ Staff Reporter
Because of the requirements of Texas Senate Bill 1107, all new college students 29 and younger must show proof of having a meningitis at least 10 days before the first day of class.
Students failing to do this may have holds placed on their records preventing them from attending classes until they are able to provide proof of receiving the vaccination to the Admissions Office.
Kimberly Ibarra is returning Del Mar student who is required to have the meningitis vaccine before she is allowed to attend class. “I haven’t had my vaccine yet,” she said while waiting in a registration line. “That’s why I’m here.”
First time student Gabrielle Jones said that the process of getting her meningitis vaccine wasn’t difficult, but she also said, “I don’t see why we should have to take it.”
Dean of Student Outreach and Enrollment Gilbert Becerra said the vaccine requirement is good for students. “It’s a brand new rule at community colleges that adds another layer to the process of student registration. Campuses will need new processes and new systems to deal with this added step to registration. Four-year universities have had this rule for a while. The new state mandate will provide a healthier environment for all students.”
Becerra also said information about the symptoms of meningitis is being distributed downstairs in the Harvin Center.
“It’s a serious disease that can be prevented, and even one death is serious. We will work to remain in compliance,” he said.
Students who are not able to get their vaccination before classes begin have the option of using the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Extension Form.
The form gives students more time to obtain the vaccine without an interruption to their enrollment.