Vaccine Requirement Information

The California State University will require that students, faculty, and staff accessing any of the 23 university campuses be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the fall term. SSU students, faculty, and staff must certify fully vaccinated status by no later than September 30, 2021.

The CSU is requiring COVID-19 vaccination before one or more of the vaccines receives full FDA approval due to worsening circumstances associated with the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant. We strongly encourage all members of the Sonoma State community to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine continues to be the best way to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

The COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy is effective now. The policy demonstrates CSU’s commitment to safeguarding the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities we serve.

Under this policy, all CSU students and employees are expected to:

  • Self-certify their vaccination status as soon as possible if they are fully vaccinated.

  • If applicable, follow campus procedure for seeking an exemption to the vaccine requirement due to medical, religious reasons, or deeply held beliefs.

  • Comply with all other health and safety measures (e.g., routine COVID-19 surveillance testing, face coverings, physical distancing, etc.) established by the campus if exempted from vaccination or prior to achieving full vaccination status. Full vaccination status is defined as two weeks after completing the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after receiving a single dose of a one-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).  

The COVID-19 vaccine policy applies in its entirety to non-represented employees effective immediately. There will be no disciplinary action taken for non-compliance for represented employees while the meet-and-confer process takes place; however, voluntary participation is encouraged.

Face masks are required when indoors on the SSU campus regardless of vaccination status. Face masks are required inside all campus buildings except for residential buildings. Face masks are required outdoors when a six-foot physical distance between persons cannot be maintained. 

For more information on the COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy, visit:

Sonoma State vaccine FAQs
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