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COVID-19 & Vaccination Information

Are Vaccines Required at Sac State?

Yes, vaccines are required. As directed by the California State University COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy, all Sacramento State students and employees (non-represented staff, MPPs, UAPD, and UAW) who access campus facilities are required to certify that they have received an approved COVID-19 vaccine, that they have an appropriate medical or religious exemption, or they do not plan to access campus or any campus programs.

For international students, any vaccine received that is approved by the World Health Organization will fulfill this requirement.

Students who have not certified their status or who have exemptions but miss their weekly testing will be disenrolled from face-to-face courses or academic programs beginning Oct. 11.

CFA and CSUEU employees who are working on campus have until Oct. 27, 2021, to be vaccinated or to certify a religious or medical exemption. If these employees are not vaccinated by that date, and do not have authorized permission to work off campus or have not attested to a medical or religious exception, they will be in violation of the policy and may be subject to disciplinary action.

Meet-and-confer process with three other unions on the CSU Vaccination Interim Policy are still in progress. No disciplinary action will be initiated for any member of any of these other unions regarding that policy until the meet-and-confer process has been successfully completed.

The best way for us all to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to be vaccinated. The CDC has issued guidelines that say that the vaccines are effective and fully vaccinated individuals can resume many pre-pandemic activities.

All members of the campus community must continue to follow all required safety guidelines.

For more information, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of the COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy.

How Can I Get Vaccinated?

Student Health & Counseling Services currently provides the COVID-19 vaccine at no charge to all students, staff, and faculty. Vaccinations are being given by appointment only, please contact the Student Health Pharmacy at 916-278-6040 for appointment availability.

COVID-19 booster shots are available to eligible students, faculty and staff who received their second Pfizer vaccination at least six months ago. Boosters will be offered by appointment only on Thursdays, Oct. 21 - Dec. 16, at The WELL.

Flu shots will be offered without appointment 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesdays at The WELL.

How Do I Certify My Vaccine Status?

Sacramento State students and employees who access campus or any campus programs are required to declare one of the following:

  • They have received an approved COVID-19 vaccination, with the final dose administered at least 14 days before certification.
  • They qualify for a medical exemption (more details below).
  • They qualify for a religious exemption (more details below).
  • They do not plan to access campus or any campus programs (including field placements or internships and athletics), and that if their plans change, they will revise their certification prior to accessing campus or a campus program.

Students will find the vaccination self-certification page in their Student Center. Students are required to include the manufacturer of their vaccine and dates they were administered each dose.

Employees will find the CSU COVID-19 Self Certification form in their Employee Center. Please note that even if you previously self-attested through Adobe Sign, employees will still need to complete this form, which has been provided by the Chancellor’s Office.

There will be frequent, random checks to verify vaccination status of employees. If you are chosen for a random check, you will be asked for proof of vaccination or documentation that you qualify for an exemption.

Are Exemptions Allowed?

Students and employees may be excused from the vaccination requirement if they qualify for a medical or religious exemption. To request an exemption, they will need to select the appropriate box in the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Certification form in their Student or Employee Center.

Students will be asked to provide requested medical or religious exemption documentation during the self-certification process. Visit the Return to Campus & COVID-19 Information for Students page for more details.

Employees declaring that they qualify for a medical exemption may be asked by the campus to provide supporting documentation from a licensed health care professional.

Employees declaring that they qualify for a religious exemption may be asked by the campus to provide a statement about their sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice that precludes them from receiving the vaccine.

What Do I Do if I am Not Vaccinated?

Unvaccinated individuals will be subject to other safety measures, including but not limited to: asymptomatic and symptomatic testing, physical distancing, wearing face coverings or other personal protective equipment, and isolation or quarantine when warranted.

Students and non-represented employees who are affirmed for a medical or religious vaccination exemption will be subject to COVID-19 testing twice per week, or they may be denied access to campus or subject to further disciplinary action.

More information for represented employees will be available soon.

How Do I Get Tested?

For students:

Any student who has been affirmed for a medical or religious exemption is required to test for COVID-19 twice per week. Sac State is currently using the BinaxNOW Covid-19 Antigen self-test.

Students will be sent an email to their Sac State email account with instructions on how to sign up for a time to go perform the test. Test kits are available in Parking Structure III (next to the Well). Students must check in using their One Card at the testing site. Students should allow 20-25 minutes for the entire process.

Students who do not complete mandatory testing may be denied access to campus, including in-person classes, in-person campus programs, and may be subject to disciplinary action.

More details for students can be found at COVID-19 Information for Students.

For faculty and staff:

Mandatory testing. Non-represented staff, MPPs, CFA, CSUEU, UAPD, and UAW employees who are working on campus and certify a religious or medical vaccination exemption are required to be tested twice per week. Mandatory testing will take place on campus in Parking Structure 3.

Note: CFA and/or CSUEU-represented employees have until Oct. 27, 2021 to be vaccinated or to certify a religious or medical exemption.

More details on mandatory employee testing.

Voluntary testing. The Office of Human Resources, in collaboration with Student Health & Counseling Services, is offering free voluntary COVID-19 test kits to qualifying Sacramento State employees.

A “qualifying employee” must have completed the CSU COVID-19 Self Certification form in their Employee Center; not be participating in the mandatory COVID-19 testing program and access campus and/or campus programs.

More details on voluntary employee testing.

What If I've Been Exposed to Someone Who Tests Positive for COVID-19?

If you are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, you do not need to self-quarantine after an exposure to COVID-19. Faculty and staff can come to work and students can continue to go to class as normal.

However, the CDC recommends that you continue to wear a mask for 14 days after a close exposure. If you develop COVID symptoms, contact your doctor immediately to be tested and self-quarantine until you get your results.

Even if you you do not develop symptoms, the CDC recommends getting tested three to five days after a close exposure. You can continue to work, etc., while masked until you get results.

  • If your test comes back negative, you are free to resume work, school, and other pursuits, but continue to wear a face covering.
  • If your test comes back positive, then you are to isolate for 10 days. Contact your medical provider for medical support and clearance before returning to campus.

If you are unvaccinated and have been exposed to a COVID-positive individual, it is recommended to self-quarantine and be tested.

COVID-19 Exposure Flow Chart

COVID-19 Exposure Flow Chart(Accesible Version)

What Should I Do if I Test Positive for COVID-19?

Employees must inform their appropriate administrator/MPP of their positive test result immediately and file an official confidential report for staff and faculty members with Environmental Health & Safety. Do not come to campus if you have tested positive for COVID-19. Plan to isolate for a minimum of 10 days.

Contact your medical provider for medical support and clearance before returning to campus. A note from your medical provider indicating a safe return to work date must be submitted to the Benefits Office at A negative COVID-19 test is not required to return to work.

Employees should work with your administrator/MPP to establish a telework arrangement if possible. However, take time to recover and heal if you are not feeling well. Any employee not able to carry out their duties due to COVID-19 illness may be eligible to take advantage of COVID-19 leave programs.

Students testing positive for COVID-19 must complete the confidential report for students and wait to be contacted with further instructions. Do not come to campus if you have tested positive for COVID-19. Plan to isolate for a minimum of 10 days.

How Do I Report a Positive COVID Test?

If you, or someone you know, tested positive for COVID-19, the individual must complete the appropriate form below as soon as possible.

Form for Students

Form for Staff or Faculty Members

The form will be forwarded to campus health officials and they will contact the individual directly with additional follow up and instructions. If a high-risk situation is identified, then other individuals who may need to take additional action will also be contacted.

For staff and faculty, reports are handled through Environmental Health & Safety. Student reports are facilitated by Student Health & Counseling.

What are Expectations of Visitors to Campus?

All visitors are also required to wear face coverings when indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Event capacity, including performances and sporting events, will follow Sacramento County Public Health guidelines.

What if I Have Additional Questions?

Students: COVID-19 Information for Students.

Employees: HR-Related Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources.

Faculty: Academic COVID-Related FAQs.

For all other questions, please email