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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Last Updated: 10/7/2021
COVID Booster Vaccine Updates
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech booster vaccine for SOME. Here is what you need to know regarding booster eligibility and appointments at Sacramento State.
Q. Who is eligible and when?
COVID-19 vaccine boosters are only available to individuals who previously received a second dose of Pfizer Bio-NTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months ago and meet the eligibility requirements.
Currently, COVID-19 Pfizer booster vaccines are available to current Sac State students, staff, and faculty who meet one or more of the following health and eligibility requirements as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control.
- Those who should receive a booster dose include:
- Age 65 years and older
- Age 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions
- Those who may receive a booster include:
- Age 18-64 years with an underlying medical condition, or
- Age 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID transmission because of occupational or institutional settings, such as healthcare and essential workers, including faculty and staff in education settings.
Q. How can I schedule a booster appointment?
COVID-19 Booster Clinics for current faculty, staff, and students will take place on Thursdays ONLY at the WELL beginning Oct. 21 through Dec. 16 by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call 916-278-2618. Appointments are required for the booster vaccine, no walk-ins.
Before we are able to schedule you for an appointment, we will need to verify your information regarding required eligibility for the booster vaccine from the CDC.
Student Health & Counseling Services encourages everyone that is eligible for a COVID booster vaccine or has questions about their eligibility, to contact their medical provider. The booster is readily available at medical facilities and local pharmacies for those who do not qualify to receive it on campus, such as alumni, retirees, and community members.
Q. What should I bring to my appointment?
When you arrive for your appointment, please bring the following items:
- COVID Vaccine Card
- Sac State One Card
Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the check-in process for appointments.
Q. Can I bring a guest or family member to the appointment to also receive a booster vaccine?
No, appointments are not available for other family members or community members who are not current students, faculty, or staff members of the university.
Please contact your medical provider regarding eligibility. The booster is readily available at medical facilities and local pharmacies for those who do not qualify to receive it on campus, such as alumni, retirees, and community members.
Q. If I received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, am I eligible for a booster vaccine?
Currently, only those individuals who have received the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least 6 months ago are eligible for a booster vaccine.
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Q. How can I schedule a vaccination appointment?
Students, staff, and faculty can schedule an appointment through the Student Health and Counseling Pharmacy. Vaccinations are being given by appointment only, please contact the Student Health Pharmacy at 916-278-6460 for appointment availability.
Q. What type of vaccine is being given?
Sac State is administering the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine and the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine.
Q. Where on campus is the vaccination site?
Appointments are available for Sac State students, staff, and faculty at The WELL. Vaccinations are being given by appointment only, please contact the Student Health Pharmacy at 916-278-6460 for appointment availability.
Q. Where can I learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination?
You can learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine on the California Department of Public Health – Get the Facts on the COVID-19 Vaccines website.
Q. 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 who access campus facilities are required to certify that they have received an approved COVID-19 vaccine; or have been granted an appropriate medical or religious exemption; or that they do not plan to access campus or any campus programs.
For more information, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of the COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy.
Q. How do I certify my vaccine status?
Students can find the vaccination self-certification page in their Student Center. As part of the self-certification process, you will be required to include the manufacturer of their vaccine and the dates they were administered each dose.
The how-to video provides detailed instructions on completing the self-certification process.
Students who do not provide certification may be denied access to campus and in-person campus programs and may be subject to disciplinary actions.
Q. How is vaccination status monitored?
There will be frequent, random checks to verify the vaccination status of students who have certified that they are fully vaccinated. If chosen for a random check, you will be asked to immediately provide proof of vaccination.
Students who do not provide certification may be denied access to campus and in-person campus programs and may be subject to disciplinary actions.
Q. Are exemptions allowed?
Students may be excused from the vaccination requirement if they qualify for an approved medical or religious exemption.
Medical exemptions must be consistent with CDC guidance and manufacturer labeling on contraindications and precautions. Deferrals are available for some medical conditions. Students and employees will be required to submit documentation from a licensed health care professional. Medical exemption declarations can be obtained through the student and employee vaccination certification forms.
- Students requesting a medical exemption will be directed to Student Health and Counseling Services.
Religious exemptions may be affirmed if a sincerely-held religious belief, observance, or practice precludes you from receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.
- Students will be required to submit a written statement that describes the basis for requesting a religious exemption. Religious exemption declarations will be reviewed by the Office of Equal Opportunity.
- Beginning Aug. 9, students will be directed to submit supporting exemption documentation via “To Do” items within their Student Center. Students who submitted their exemption request prior to Aug. 9 will not need to resubmit – they will be contacted by Student Affairs.
Please note, submitting the required documentation does not guarantee that the exemption request will be affirmed.
Q. What do I do if I am not vaccinated?
Students who are granted exemptions 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. If they fail to comply with mandatory testing, they may be denied access to campus.
Students whose declaration is affirmed will be subject to twice-weekly COVID-19 testing. Testing will be conducted on campus at no charge to the student. More information will be forthcoming about this process.
Non-represented students [NAW1] who fail to certify their vaccination status by Sept. 13 will also be subject to mandatory testing, may be denied access to campus, and may be subject to further disciplinary action.
Q. What are the expectations of visitors to campus?
All visitors to the campus will be 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.
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Q. How do I protect myself and others when fully vaccinated?
See full details on the CDC website
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Q. Are students required to be tested?
Any student who has been affirmed for a medical or religious exemption is required to test for COVID-19 twice per week. 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. To avoid lines, Sac State will limit the number of individuals allowed in the testing site at any one time. Test kits are available in the Terrace Suite, 2nd floor of the WELL. Students must check-in using their One Card at the testing site.
NOTE: 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.
Q. What kind of COVID test is Sac state using?
Sac State is currently using the BinaxNOW Covid-19 Antigen self-test. Test kits provide two tests per kit. Students required to come to the testing site for twice weekly testing will be provided a kit and asked to go to a table to self-administer the test. Students should allow 20-25 minutes for the entire process. Test results are available in about 15 minutes. Students should return to the testing site for their second test about 2-3 days later. Remember to bring your second test for that week with you to the test site.
For more information on the BinaxNOW test from Abbott, go to: https://www.globalpointofcare.abbott/en/product-details/binaxnow-covid-19-antigen-self-test-us.html
Q. What if a student tests positive for COVID-19 at the testing site?
If a student’s test indicates a positive result for COVID-19, they will be provided instruction on what to do next. Students will need to immediately report the 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 will be asked to self-quarantine and will be provided instructions on how to access medical care and other next steps.
Q. Should students report their COVID-19 positive test result to their faculty or supervisor if they have been in face-to-face classes or working in a face-to-face environment?
Students should notify their professors and/or work supervisor that they are sick and unable to come in to be face-to-face. It is up to each student whether or not they wish to disclose their positive COVID-19 test. After students report their positive test to Student Health, a health professional will perform a risk assessment and may need to inform the student’s faculty or supervisor depending on the level of risk involved. If a notification is needed, students will be informed and provided the next steps by Student Health.
Q. If I can’t make it to the testing site during my appointed time, what should I do?
If you are unable to go to the testing site during your appointed time, you should go back to the instructions in the email you received, sign back into the appointment system, and change your appointed time.
Q. What if I miss one of my appointments during the week (or miss the week altogether)?
Students who do not take the COVID-19 test during their appointed time will be notified that they need to immediately sign up for another appointment time. Failure to complete the mandatory testing may result in the student being denied access to campus, including in-person classes, campus programs, and may be subject to disciplinary actions.
NOTE: Students who continually miss their COVID-19 tests will have their in-person classes administratively dropped, be denied access to campus and campus programs, and be subject to further disciplinary actions including suspension.
Q. What if someone tells me that they have tested positive for COVID-19?
If someone lets you know that they have tested positive for COVID-19, make sure that they know they should immediately report it and self-quarantine. Students should report through Student Health at the following link Student COVID-19 Report Form. Employees should report through the following link Faculty/Staff Reporting Form.
Heath professionals will perform a risk assessment and notify others (e.g. faculty, other students, co-workers, etc.) if needed.
Q. Do I have to wait 10 days to return to class if I test positive?
Once you have reported a positive COVID-19 test, health professionals will perform a risk assessment and let you know your next steps should be. This includes how long you should wait before returning to campus. Each situation may be a little different. It is important to follow the directions of your health provider.
Information on Returning to In-Person Classes Fall 2021
Q. Can I still go to class if I am not vaccinated?
All students have until September 13th to certify their COVID-19 vaccination status. Through certification, you have the opportunity to declare a Religious or Medical exemption. Please note that should your religious or medical exemption be affirmed you will be required to partake in twice a week testing and must receive negative test results, to be able to attend classes.
Q. Are physical distancing mandates in place for my in-person classes?
No, physical distancing in classrooms is no longer required. Local and state agencies have lifted such restrictions. It is up to your professors’ discretion to spread out students accordingly.
Q. If I am vaccinated will I still need to wear a mask while in a classroom?
Yes. All students and faculty members, regardless of if they are fully vaccinated or not, will be required to wear masks while inside campus buildings and classrooms.
Q. Will classrooms be cleaned and sanitized after every class period?
No, classes will not be wiped down after each class. At this time that is not a requirement. As we learn more about the virus, evidence suggests the primary way the virus is spread is through the air, not contact with physical objects. However, students may bring their own wipes and wipe down the area if they choose to do so for their own peace of mind.
Q. Will my professors know my vaccination status?
No. All medical records are confidential and will not be shared with faculty. However, if students fail to complete their COVID certification by Sept. 13th, they will be denied access to campus. Instructors and supervisors for on-campus jobs will be notified if a student is not eligible to access the campus, campus facilities, or campus-related activities (e.g. internships, Club Sports, etc.).
Q. Once the semester starts, can my professor change the modality of my class from in-person to virtual?
Once the semester begins, your professor would not change the modality published in the class schedule unless there is a critical reason (in which case students will be notified by the academic department for that course).
A student in my in-person class tests positive for COVID-19, what to do?
- If a student tests positive, they are required to immediately report the result to Student Health and Counseling Services by completing the Student COVID-19 Report Form. The student should immediately self-quarantine and continue to follow all other health safety measures anytime they are near other people (wearing a mask, distancing from others, frequently washing hands, etc.). Our student health professionals will assist the student with next steps like accessing medical care and how long to self-quarantine.
- Anytime a positive test is reported, our health professionals will perform a risk assessment. Based on that assessment, our health professionals will consult with the faculty member on next steps for the class. As long as everyone was wearing their face covering (mask), the risk it typically low. Student health professionals will notify other students and/or faculty if it is deemed as an exposure risk. This approach is based on long standing contact tracing protocols and CDC and CDPH guidance. However, contact tracing is not done like it was earlier in the pandemic (before most people were vaccinated) as the exposure risk is dramatically lower with vaccination.
I’m vaccinated but I’ve been exposed to COVID-19, should I attend class?
Fully vaccinated and asymptomatic people who may have been exposed to the virus do not need to self-quarantine and can continue to go to class as normal (remembering to always wear your mask when inside any building on the Sac State campus). However, if you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, you can also check with your medical provider or our 24-hour nurse advice line for guidance and follow-up. Nurse line is (916) 278-6461.
I have (or I believe) been exposed to COVID-19, should I get tested?
Fully vaccinated and asymptomatic people would generally not need to be tested. However, if you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, you can also check with your medical provider or our 24-hour nurse advice line for guidance and follow-up. Nurse line is (916) 278-6461.