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Delta College drops vaccine requirement
COVID vaccine
Turlock Fire Department began receiving their first round of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday (Photo courtesy of TFD).

Delta College has backed off requiring staff and students to be fully vaccinated in order to return to campus next month.

The board on Tuesday reversed a directive they issued at the June 23 meeting regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.

While vaccines aren’t required, the board’s latest vote:

*requires masks for staff, students, and visitors.

*mandates social distancing protocols for staff, students, and visitors.

*supports for the continued community effort to get people vaccinated.

The Delta vaccination clinic is scheduled to resume operations on Monday, July 12.

All Delta College services will be available in person by Aug. 16. Meanwhile the college is implementing a system to record and track vaccinations that will be implemented during the fall semester.


San Joaquin County now

49.66% full vaccinated

The Delta College system decision came as 49.66 percent of San Joaquin County’s adult population has been fully vaccinated. That compares to 50.5 percent of Californians and 47.9 percent nationally.

The highest vaccination rate in the county is Escalon at 73.10. Another 8.50 percent are partially vaccinated in Escalon. When they receive their second shots 81.6 percent of all adults in Escalon will have been vaccinated.

The fully vaccinated rate of other cities followed by the partially vaccinated rate in parenthesis are Tracy 66.91 percent (10.29%), Lathrop 66.09 percent (10.49%), Manteca 57.47 percent (8.22%), Stockton 54.56 percent ( 10.58%), Ripon 54.56 percent (6.69%), and Lodi 51.65 percent (8.42%).

Health experts have estimated that 70 percent to 85 percent of a city’s population will need to be immune to reach herd immunity. However, that number is a moving target based on numerous factors.

By going to you can find vaccination sites where you can register for COVID-19 vaccines.

It includes all Costco stores in the county including Manteca, the Ripon and Lathrop SaveMarts, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Safeway, and Walmart.

Modern Urgent Care in Manteca at 1630 W. Yosemite Ave., Suite A, offers shots seven days a week 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Heath care provider networks that typically deal with established patients include Golden Valley Health Centers, Kaiser Permanente, and Sutter Health.


Manteca COVID-19

deaths inch up to 118

Manteca has recorded its 118th death. It was one of 2 new deaths since Saturday to bring the death count countywide to 1,442 since mid-March 2020.

They have been 748 deaths in Stockton, 217 deaths unincorporated areas, 169 deaths in Lodi, 84 deaths in Tracy, 22 deaths in Ripon, 21 deaths in Ripon, and 13 deaths in Escalon.

As of Monday, there were 471 confirmed COVID cases in the county. Testing positive for COVID doesn’t mean a person will necessarily become ill. There have been 75,133 confirmed cases in San Joaquin County since mid-2020.

There are currently 34 people hospitalized countywide with COVID-19 including 10 in ICUs.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca has no COVID patients while Kaiser Foundation Hospital of Manteca has four.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email