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Vaccine Requirement

What is the vaccine requirement?

California State University (CSU) announced on July 27, 2021 that it requires faculty, staff and students who are accessing any university facility to be immunized against the virus that causes COVID-19.

This vaccination mandate was updated on December 22, 2021 to include a vaccine booster shot in order to be considered fully immunized against SARS-CoV-2. 

For more details, please see the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy that went into effect on July 29, 2021.

When will the policy be finalized?

Chancellor Castro has approved the COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy which was issued and took effect on July 29, 2021.  This policy demonstrates CSU’s commitment to safeguarding the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities we serve.  It is published in the CSU Policy Library.

Where can I get vaccinated?

Vaccination and booster shot appointments are available on the San Bernardino and Palm Desert Campuses at https://csusb.veritastesting.com. The COVID-19 vaccine is available Wednesdays and Thursdays at the San Bernardino Campus.  The vaccine will be available at the Palm Desert Campus on select Tuesdays.

In addition, Booster shot clinics will be held on the San Bernardino campus on February 16, 19 and 24th and on the Palm Desert campus on February 23rd.  For more information or to register for a booster shot appointment visit Veritas upcoming booster shot events.

You may also check the State of California MyTurn website for the vaccination location nearest you and to schedule an appointment.

 

How do I upload my proof of vaccination?

Proof of vaccination can now be uploaded through the myCoyote portal under the Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Self-Certification or the Student COVID-19 Vaccine Self-Certification tiles. 

“Section III: Attachments of Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination” allows for the upload of a copy or picture of  your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, QR Code from the State of California, or letter from a health care provider indicating that you are fully vaccinated (see the screenshots below).

Selecting the “Attach” button will open a pop-up that will allow you to select the file.

Once you have selected the appropriate file select the “Upload” button the file name will appear on the page.  The final step is to select the “Submit” button. 

You will receive a message indicating that you have submitted your proof of vaccination.

When will the requirement begin?

This requirement took effect during the fall 2021 term. New CSUSB Students, Faculty and Staff are required to submit their vaccination self-certification upon the start of employment or prior to registering for classes.

What should members of the community do now?

Members of the campus community who are not yet fully vaccinated should make an appointment for vaccination or a booster shot at the State of California MyTurn website as soon as possible. The process to become fully vaccinated can take several weeks.

Those students and employees who are fully vaccinated and boosted should update their self-certification as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary COVID-19 testing. 

How can I inform the campus of a change in my vaccination status?

The vaccination self-certification form can be updated, you can do so NOW through the myCoyote portal under the Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Self-Certification or the Student COVID-19 Vaccine Self-Certification tiles.

Where and how is my vaccination information being stored?

Vaccination records will be managed in the Peoplesoft ERP system, via its student and employee self-service portal.  Vaccine information will be stored in the same information systems, and subject to the same usage and security protections, as other sensitive information that is already collected and stored by the CSU.

What will happen to students or employees who fail to get vaccinated?

Any student or employee who does not provide a certification of vaccination may be denied access to campus and/or campus programs.  Students and employees who are exempted from vaccination for medical or religious reasons must participate in additional public health and safety measures, such as routine COVID-19 surveillance testing, and face coverings to reduce the likelihood of transmission to the campus community.

I’ve already tested positive for COVID.  Do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes, you will still need to get vaccinated.  The university policy does not allow for exemptions for those who have had COVID-19, and public health officials recommend vaccination for people who have previously tested positive for COVID-19.

What will happen to me if I am unable to get the booster shot in time to be fully immunized before I go to campus?

Students and employees should complete the vaccination self-certification based on their current vaccination status.  Vaccination status can be updated in the system once you are fully vaccinated.

Information on a walk-in clinic or to make an appointment for vaccination can be found here https://myturn.ca.gov/

Until you have met the requirements for designation as “fully vaccinated” you will be required to participate in additional public health and safety measures including COVID-19 weekly testing.

What will be the disciplinary process for students who refuse to be vaccinated but still need access to campus facilities and services?

Any student who does not provide a self-certification may be denied access to campus, this includes in-person classes and off-campus internships or clinical experiences. 

Those who fail to comply with CSU policies are subject to the university’s student disciplinary process.

Unvaccinated students are required to submit to COVID testing in the event they need to access campus facilities and services.  Testing is available free of charge at the San Bernardino and Palm Desert campuses.

If medical experts determine in the future that additional boosters are required, will the new policy also require proof of boosters?

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and the CSU will continue to review the guidance from local, state, federal and global health agencies and revise the policy as needed based on the goal of maintaining the health and well-being of all members of the campus community.

What if a student or employee has lost of misplaced their COVID-19 vaccination card?  How can they demonstrate compliance with this policy?

If you have lost or misplaced your vaccination card and were vaccinated in California, you may access your record at the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record website.

If you received your vaccination from a federal agency (e.g., Department of Defense, Indian Health Services, or Veterans Affairs) or were vaccinated in another state, you will need to reach out to those agencies for assistance with your vaccination record.

What does a student or employee need to submit in terms of documentation to receive a medical or religious exemption to this policy requirement?

Those with qualifying exemptions must complete the self-certification form accordingly.  Medical exemptions must be verified by a certified licensed healthcare professional and provided upon campus request. 

Will the vaccination self-certification be required for represented personnel?

All Faculty, Staff and Students are subject to this policy and must complete self-certification.  For students and employees who are unvaccinated and covered under a medical or religious exemption, other safety measures including COVID testing will apply.

Is CSUSB offering the COVID-19 booster?

Yes, the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are available on select days. The COVID-19 vaccine booster is available Wednesdays and Thursdays at the San Bernardino Campus. The booster is also available at the Palm Desert Campus every three weeks on Tuesdays. Appointments are strongly recommended to ensure supply is prepped for administration. 

Are vaccine booster shots required?

All faculty, staff and students accessing university facilities or programs must receive a COVID-19 booster by February 28, 2022, or (per Centers for Disease Control [CDC] guidelines) six months after an individual has received the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, whichever date is later.  If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, per the CDC you are eligible for a booster two months after the initial dose.

The revised policy will be immediately applicable to students and non-represented staff. However, represented employees will not be subject to the booster requirement until the CSU concludes its meet-and-confer process with labor unions. Also, as announced previously, the CSU’s COVID-19 vaccination policy allows students and employees to seek exemptions on medical and religious grounds.

To update the vaccination self-certification form with booster information, you can do so through the myCoyote portal under the Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Self-Certification or the Student COVID-19 Vaccine Self-Certification tiles.