School Board Responds to Safety Concerns Amidst Omicron Surge


The Berkeley Unified School District School Board held its first meeting of 2022 on Wednesday, January 5. Due to the Omicron variant’s spread across the United States as well as Berkeley and its public schools, the meeting focused on how the district is handling this COVID-19 surge.

Given the rise in Omicron cases, many students are concerned about returning to campus after winter break.

Despite Increase in Omicron Cases, BHS Returns in Person


At the beginning of this school year, there was no guarantee that classes would continue to be in-person. It was uncertain if masks would be required for the whole year, and many worried over the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak at school.

Teachers Grapple with COVID-19 Sick Leave


One morning, Berkeley High School teacher and career advisor James Dopman woke up with a sniffle. In a normal year, he would have shrugged this off. After all, he felt relatively fine and had a history of allergies.

Omicron cases have been rising in the Bay Area. BUSD must consider improving safety measures like mask-wearing and distancing.

BHS Must Up COVID-19 Precautions Due to Rising Threat of Omicron Variant


Students limiting who they’re in contact with, mask recommendations changing, and COVID-19 cases increasing — this feels all too familiar.  The Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus has sent the world into a new state of panic, making Bay Area communities reconsider how they have handled in-person education in the era of COVID-19.

BFC and the city provide free health services to unhoused people, including vaccinations.

Berkeley Free Clinic, City Offer Vaccines to Unhoused People


Unhoused people face many challenges surrounding receiving medical care in traditional health settings, such as high costs, stigma and discrimination.

BUSD School Board Debates Vaccine Mandate at 9/22 Meeting


​​At its September 22 meeting, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board discussed topics such as a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for eligible students, Latinx and BLM resolutions, and Berkeley High School’s sports teams’ need for accessibility to their gyms.

Delta Variant Complicates Concert Going


Berkeley High School ninth grader Zoe Glass pushed her way through the crowds at an outdoor Jonas Brothers concert on Friday, August 27. With her mask on and an intention to keep distanced from others, she said she took precautions to ensure she was safe and felt comfortable.

Students wait in line for afterschool COVID-19 testing.

Students Step Up to Get COVID-19 Testing


On August 28, Berkeley High School announced to the community that they had gotten a sufficient number of kits to test staff and a small subset of students.

Many Berkeley businesses mandate vaccination for entry.

Is the Vaccine Card Mandate for Indoor Businesses Effective or Unnecessary?


Following the wise lead of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Berkeley has taken the next step in keeping its residents safe from COVID-19.

BUSD Must Have Ventilation Precautions For Both Wildfires and COVID-19


Disastrous wildfires have become frighteningly common in California, to the point where it’s more of a surprise to not have the summer end in flames.

California Must Continue to Fund Remote Learning for Students


California recently passed a record high budget for education of over $263 billion. While this is an important step in recovery as schools across California begin to bounce back from over a year of remote learning, there are some definite downsides.

Behind Berkeley City Hall, a vaccination clinic stands open for the public.

BUSD, City Hold Vaccine Clinic Near BHS Prior to School Year


Berkeley Unified School District and the City of Berkeley held a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at City Hall during the last week of summer break. The clinic, located across from Berkeley High School, was run with healthcare provider Carbon Health, and took place every weekday of last week.  BUSD Public Information Officer Trish McDermott

At a parking lot off of Buchanan Street in Albany, Bay Area residents line up in cars to get vaccinated.

How Has Berkeley Handled Having a Partially Vaccinated Population?


Throughout this past year, we’ve all been wondering one thing: when will we return to normal life? Due to the mass vaccination efforts within the United States, the day we’ve all been waiting for is now in sight.

The United States is Obligated to Provide Pandemic Relief to India


As vaccinations continue and cases fall, the pandemic in America is finally becoming more manageable. Families across the country have been preparing for a summer of celebration and a roaring twenties promised to us after a terrible pandemic.

Dr. Lisa Hernandez works in the Berkeley Public Health Division educating the public about the COVID-19 vaccine and dispelling misinformation.

Berkeley Public Health Officer Responds to Vaccine Concerns


The Jacket spoke with Doctor Lisa Hernandez, Berkeley public health officer, about concerns people may have about getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Jupiter, a popular restaurant on Shattuck Avenue, is facing new challenges after reopening their indoor dining areas.

Berkeley Has Mixed Feelings About Newly Reopened Restaurants


Indoor dining reopened the week of March 6, allowing restaurants to serve a maximum of 25% capacity or 100 people indoors, depending on which is a smaller number.

Lisa Danzig is an infectious diseases physician and former Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer who has worked in senior roles with Novartis, Grifols, and PaxVax.

Former Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer Explains Vaccines


The Jacket spoke with Lisa Danzig, M.D. about COVID-19, vaccines, and what society might look like in the near future. Danzig is an infectious diseases physician and former Epidemic Intelligence Service officer.

World News In Review: Vaccinations


Around the world, vaccinations have become more and more widespread, marking the beginning of the end of pandemic life that began over a year ago. However, vaccine distribution varies in speed and effectiveness from country to country.