Vaccine Requirement for Students

COVID-19 Vaccine

The California State University system requires that all students, faculty, and staff who wish to access campus facilities or programs be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

All students must submit proof of vaccination or requests for an exemption based on medical, religious reasons, or deeply held belief via the MyHealth portal. Students who are attending classes fully remote may submit a request for a waiver to the vaccine requirement.

The Student Health Center will be offering COVID-19 boosters to currently enrolled students beginning January 24. Simply log into MyHealthPortal to schedule an appointment. You may call the Student Health Center at 707-664-2921 if your desired day shows no availability.

COVID-19 Boosters Required

At SSU, all students eligible for the COVID-19 booster will be required to have their booster on file by Monday, February 28, 2022, to be considered fully vaccinated.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for six months after the final dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or for two months after receiving a dose of a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen), without a booster. However, if you completed your two-dose vaccine more than six months before February 28, 2022, or your single-dose vaccine more than two months before February 28, 2022, you will no longer be considered fully vaccinated, per CSU policy definitions, and will need to get a booster.

Students who are eligible to get a booster and do not get a booster will no longer be considered fully vaccinated, and will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test on file with SSU at least every seven (7) days. 

Those who are not yet eligible to get a booster

Those who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer series less than six months prior to February 28, 2022, or have received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine less than two months prior to February 28, 2022, are NOT YET eligible for a booster, and will not be entered into the weekly testing protocol until their date of becoming eligible for a booster. There is no action these individuals need to take at this time, other than make an appointment to get a vaccine booster when they become eligible and continue to follow public health protocols to protect themselves and others.

Fully Vaccinated Students 

Fully vaccinated students must upload a copy of their proof of vaccination card via the MyHealth portal. Once fully vaccinated, a student will be issued a green indicator to use when entering campus buildings (i.e. classrooms, dining halls, library, recreation center, etc.). Students may show their green indicator with a smartphone, tablet, or printed copy to let staff know they are in compliance with the vaccine requirement.

Students Not Yet Fully Vaccinated

Students are considered not yet fully vaccinated if they have not received the full series of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including a booster dose, and have not completed the waiting time after the vaccine. In order to access campus facilities, students who are not yet fully vaccinated will be required to complete a wellness screening and a weekly COVID-19 test. Students who are currently in the process of completing a COVID-19 vaccine series should participate in weekly COVID-19 testing until they reach full vaccinated status. Free COVID-19 testing is available on campus to all students.

Students Attending Classes Fully Remote 

Students attending classes in a remote-only format may request a waiver to the vaccine requirement. However, these students must also declare that they will not be accessing campus and must notify the campus if this status changes. Students granted a waiver of the vaccine requirement will not be permitted to access campus facilities such as the library, bookstore, recreation center, dining venues, and other campus support services. The form to seek this waiver is available on the My Health portal. The waiver must be re-submitted each semester that a student plans to be fully remote.

Exemptions to the Vaccine Requirement

Students may seek an exemption based on medical, religious reasons, or deeply held beliefs. Students may apply for an exemption using the COVID-19 vaccine exemption forms found in the MyHealth portal under the downloadable forms/upload option on the left-hand menu. Students who receive an exemption will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing and follow other safety protocols while on campus.

Medical Exemption

Any person submitting a declaration of medical exemption shall certify that, at the campus's request, they will promptly provide documentation from a certified or licensed healthcare professional to support their declaration. 

Religious/Deeply Held Belief Exemption

Any person submitting a declaration of religious or deeply held belief exemption shall certify that, at the campus's request, they will promptly provide a statement that describes the applicable religious or other comparable belief that is the basis for their exemption. Based on either (i) a person's sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice, which includes any traditionally recognized religion, or (ii) beliefs, observances, or practices which an individual sincerely holds and that occupy a place of importance in that individual's life, comparable to that of traditionally recognized religions.

Face Masks

Face masks are required inside all campus buildings except for residential buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Face masks are not required outdoors as long as a six-foot physical distance between persons can be maintained. Bandanas and gaiters are not suitable face masks.

Daily Wellness Screening

Each day that students plan to be on campus, regardless of vaccination status, they will be required to complete a daily screening. Students can complete the daily wellness screening on the MyHealth portal.

COVID-19 Testing

The on-campus COVID-19 testing center is open to all students and members of their household. The testing center is located in the Denali Gym at the Recreation Center. Access is permitted through the south exterior doors of the facility that lead directly to the Denali Gym. Please note that the testing center hours and location may change during academic breaks. Check the testing website for the most up-to-date information.

Residential Students

Residential students will have additional requirements prior to arriving on campus. A separate email detailing move-in procedures and expectations will be sent soon.

Vaccination Through the Student Health Center

Students can schedule an appointment to start the vaccination process with the Student Health Center. COVID booster shots are also offered. Vaccine appointments can be made on the MyHealth Portal. COVID-19 vaccines are also available across California to anyone age 5 and older. To schedule an appointment outside of the Student Health Center, please visit MyTurn. For additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine and availability in the state, visit COVID-19 California.