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What is the Vaccine Requirement Program?

The Chancellor’s Office for Cal State University (CSU) announced all CSU campuses will require the COVID-19 vaccination for students and employees. For the CSU’s Vaccine Requirement Program (VRP), students must either (1) submit a complete vaccine record (i.e., all required doses in primary series) or (2) apply for a medical or religious/closely held beliefs exemption. 

At this time, the only students who actively need to participate in the VPR are incoming students (i.e., first year and transfer students). For more information and instructions about complying with the CSU immunization requirements, please click here.

What is the Booster Requirement Program? 

The Chancellor’s Office for Cal State University (CSU) announced all CSU campuses will require the COVID-19 booster for students as of February 7 or when eligible (i.e., five/six months after an individual receives their final dose of their vaccination). 

As a result, the COVID-19 booster will be an additional requirement for students who participated in the Vaccine Requirement Program. Students can apply for a medical or religious/closely held beliefs exemption for the booster. 

How do current students complete the Booster Requirement? 

Current students who are eligible for a booster and those who participated in the Vaccine Requirement Program will receive a special portal wall announcement with booster information. 

The announcement will include specific options; students must select the best option that refers to their own personal situation regarding the booster. After a selection is chosen, students will no longer receive the booster portal wall announcement. This process is different than the previous upload process for COVID-19 vaccination verification.

I am an incoming student. How do I participate in the Vaccine Requirement Program and/or Booster Requirement?

Approximately 48 hours after you accept your admissions offer, all incoming students can attest and/or provide proof of receiving the required immunizations. Incoming Fall 2022 students must upload their booster or an exemption by July 15, 2022.

For information and instructions on complying with the CSU immunization requirements, please click here.

Who is eligible for the booster?

Fully vaccinated individuals who are 18 or older are eligible to receive the booster five/six months after an individual receives the final dose of the Pfizer/Moderna vaccine series, or two months after receiving the Janssen vaccine. 

I participated in the Vaccine Requirement Program and I do not want to get the booster. 

If you received all the required doses and already submitted an approved and completed vaccine record to your Health Portal, you may submit a medical or religious/closely held beliefs exemption to satisfy the booster requirement. 

For a submission tutorial, click here.

If I was approved for a medical or religious/closely held beliefs exemption for the Vaccine Requirement Program, do I need to participate in the Booster Requirement Program?

No, if you were previously granted an exemption it will be carried on to meet the Booster Requirement Program.

Will testing still be available on campus for students at the Student Wellness Center?

At this time, COVID-19 testing is limited and priority will be given to students who are experiencing symptoms or have recently been exposed. Students seeking a test can schedule a testing appointment via the Titan Health Portal. For any questions, please contact Health Services at (657) 278-2800.

If I am currently COVID positive, when should I get my booster? 

If an individual tests positive for COVID-19 and are fully vaccinated/eligible to receive the booster, you may submit a medical exemption to receive a 90-day extension from your last positive COVID test for the booster requirement. Please be sure to include the date you tested positive for COVID-19 on your exemption. For a submission tutorial, click here.

After the 90-day extension period, you should be eligible to receive the booster. You will receive a portal wall for the booster requirement, where you can submit your booster information to satisfy the requirement.

Note: If you want to know if you can get the booster earlier than 90-days, please refer to CDC guidelines or consult with your healthcare or vaccine provider about when you should get your booster.

Where can I get the booster?

The Covid-19 Booster is available at local pharmacies (i.e., CVS, Walgreens, etc.), clinics, or through your healthcare provider. To schedule a booster appointment or to find providers near you, the CDC recommends doing the following:

  • Visit Vaccines.gov to find vaccination providers near you. In some states, information may be limited while more U. S. vaccination providers and pharmacies are being added. Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccination Locations on Vaccines.gov.
  • Text your ZIP code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find vaccine locations near you in the United States.
  • Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or community health center if they provide vaccines.
  • Check your local pharmacy’s website to see if vaccination appointments are available. Find out which pharmacies are participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
  • Contact your state health department to find additional vaccination locations in the area.
  • Check your local news outlets. They may have information on how to get a vaccination appointment.

Check the Titan’s Return website for any CSUF sponsored booster clinics.

I received my Covid-19 vaccine abroad/outside the United States? Where can I get the booster?

If you were vaccinated abroad with other COVID-19 vaccines, you can get a booster shot if you are 16 years or older and you either:

  1. Received all the recommended doses of a  World Health Organization emergency use listing (WHO-EUL) COVID-19 vaccine, not approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  2. OR completed a mix and match series composed of any combination of  FDA-approved, FDA-authorized, or WHO-EUL COVID-19 vaccines

If you meet the above requirements, you can get a single booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after getting all recommended doses or completing a mix and match COVID-19 vaccine series. Please visit the CDC website for more information.

How will students know whether someone in their class tested positive for COVID-19?

Students can visit the Case Counts and Exposures webpage on the Titans Return website to view exposure locations by date which includes classroom and course information. 

What if a student notices their class is listed on the Case Counts and Exposures webpage? 

This information is presented to students to make them aware of any possible exposures within their classes and on campus. Any student that has been directly exposed to COVID-19 on campus will be contacted by a Health Services contact tracer.  

Students can find more detailed information and recommended guidelines regarding classroom exposures here.

I have online and in-person classes on the same day. Are there available spaces on campus where I can access my online classes?

The Pollak Library provides students a place to sit and attend online classes. Open seating is provided: North 1st, 2nd, and 4th floors and South 4th and 5th floors. Students can make Study Space Reservations (i.e., Individual – 4th floor only and Study Groups – 1st and 4th floors).

Students can also find a list and schedule of available classroom locations throughout campus designated for drop-in web calls/zooming here.

Devices are not provided for zooming in these locations. If students need a device or headset, they can check out equipment at the IT Student Genius Center (Pollak, 1st Floor).