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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 non-represented and represented employees, except those represented by Teamsters (with whom negotiations are ongoing), 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 are subject to being disenrolled from face-to-face courses or academic programs.

All employees, except those represented by Teamsters, who are not vaccinated, do not have authorized permission to work off campus, or have not attested to a medical or religious exception are in violation of the policy and may be subject to disciplinary action.

In keeping with CSU policy, eligible faculty, staff, and students are required to receive booster shots.

All members of the campus community must continue to follow 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?

Vaccination sites are open throughout Sacramento County and can be located through the county's Public Health website.

Student Health and Counseling Services no longer provides COVID-19 vaccinations/boosters.

Where Can I Obtain Safety Supplies?

Covid safety supplies such as N-95 masks, alternative face coverings, hand disinfectant, disinfecting wipes, and other material are available through Environmental Health and Safety and can be obtained online.

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 (details below).
  • They qualify for a religious exemption (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 before accessing campus or campus programs.

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 employees who previously self-attested through Adobe Sign also must 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 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 to provide supporting documentation from a licensed health care professional.

Employees declaring that they qualify for a religious exemption may be asked 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 students, CFA, CSUEU, UAPD, and UAW employees, and non-represented employees who are affirmed for a medical or religious vaccination exemption are subject to weekly COVID-19 testing, or they may be denied access to campus or subject to further disciplinary action.

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 weekly. Sac State is using the BinaxNOW Covid-19 Antigen self-test.

Emails sent to students' Sac State accounts include instructions on how to sign up for a time and location to pick up a testing kit. Students required for mandatory testing must check in using their One Card to receive their test kit. Students should allow five to 10 minutes for the entire process.

Students required to be tested weekly will be provided a test kit and asked to self-administer it at home or off campus.

Students will need to immediately report a positive test to Student Health using the Student COVID-19 Report Form on the Information for Students web page or on the Student Health and Counseling web page. Students who test positive will be asked to self-quarantine and provided instructions on how to access medical care and other next steps.

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

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

Off-campus testing:

Sacramento County provides various testing sites for individuals not bound by Sac State testing protocols and who are not required to be tested through on-campus services.

The federal government recently implemented a program where individual households are eligible to order four free at-home COVID-19 tests. More information can be obtained through COVIDtests.gov.

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

If you are fully vaccinated, received a booster, or are vaccinated but not yet eligible for a booster, and are asymptomatic, you do not need to self-quarantine after an exposure to COVID-19. Faculty and staff may come to work and students may attend class.

However, the CDC recommends that you continue to wear a mask for 10 days after a close exposure. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your doctor immediately to be tested and self-quarantine until you receive your results. If you test positive, follow Isolation and Quarantine Recommendations for the General Public from the California Department of Public Health.

Even if 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. Please follow the isolation and quarantine recommendations.

  • 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 at least five days. Isolation can end after five days if symptoms are not present and a diagnostic specimen (antigen test preferred) collected on day five or later tests negative. Contact your medical provider for medical support and clearance before returning to campus.
  • If you are unable to test, or choose not to test, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10.
  • If fever is present, isolation should be continued until fever resolves.
  • If symptoms are present, other than fever, are not resolving, continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10.
  • If symptoms other than fever are not resolving, continue to isolate until they are resolving or until after day 10.

If you are unvaccinated and have been exposed to a COVID-positive individual, you should self-isolate and be tested.

Students experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms should contact Student Health and Counseling Services at 916-278-6461 or their medical provider for testing and quarantine guidance. Symptomatic students should contact Student Health for a telehealth appointment before visiting health services on campus.

For more information, please visit the California Department of Public Health website.

Please follow these steps if you have been exposed.

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 Risk Management. Do not come to campus if you have tested positive for COVID-19. Plan to isolate for a minimum of five days.

Isolation can end and employees may return to the workplace after day five if symptoms are not present or are resolving, and a test on day five or later is negative.

Contact your medical provider for medical support and clearance before returning to campus. A negative COVID-19 test is not required to return to work.

Asymptomatic employees should work with their administrator/MPP to establish a telework arrangement if possible. However, employees should take time to recover and heal if they are not feeling well.

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.

What do I do before returning to work after testing positive?

Cal/OSHA provides these guidelines:

  • Employees who test positive should isolate at home for three to five days from the onset of symptoms.
  • Employees who are asymptomatic or whose symptoms are resolving, and whose test on day five is negative may return to work.
  • Employees who are unable or choose not to test, and are asymptomatic or with symptoms that are resolving, may return to the workplace after day 10.

More information for employees who have tested positive.

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?

Face coverings are recommended for all visitors to campus, regardless of vaccination status.

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

What if I Have Additional Questions?