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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: 9/7/2022

Isolation and Quarantine Guidance from California Department of Public Health

If you have questions or concerns about your COVID-19 vaccination, please send an email to covidquestions@csus.edu.

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COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Updates

The CSU COVID-19 vaccination policy requires that all students and employees receive their booster as soon as they become eligible. Students declaring a medical or religious/personal exemption must complete the process in their student center and may be subject to additional testing requirements. Students with existing exemptions do not have to go through the exemption process again for the upcoming year. However, students may update their COVID-19 self-certification in their student center at any time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech booster vaccine (12 years and older) and Moderna booster vaccine (18 years and older) at least 5 months after completing the primary vaccine series. Johnson & Johnson booster vaccine (18 years and older) is approved after 2 months of completing the primary vaccine series. For more information on booster, please visit the CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots page.

Please be sure to review the CSU COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Q. How can I schedule a booster appointment?

COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters are widely available in the community. Students, staff, and faculty can schedule an appointment through MyTurn.CA.gov. Please visit for appointment availability at locations near you.

For additional questions or concerns, please contact covidquestions@csus.edu.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Q. How can I schedule a vaccination appointment?

COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters are widely available in the community. Students, staff, and faculty can schedule an appointment through MyTurn.CA.gov. Please visit for appointment availability at locations near you.

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 at Sac State. As directed by the CSU COVID-19 vaccination 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/personal 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 CSU COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Q. How do I certify my vaccine status?

Students can find the COVID-19 vaccination self-certification page in their Student Center. As part of the COVID-19 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 COVID-19 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/personal 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/personal 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/personal exemption. Religious/personal 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.

Individuals who already have a medical or religious/personal exemption from the University do not need to reapply.

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.

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.

Q. How do I protect myself and others when fully vaccinated?

See full details on the CDC website

The COVID-19 Self-Certification Process

COVID-19 Testing

Q. Are students required to be tested?

Sac State has suspended required surveillance testing for Fall 2022, with the exception of weekly testing for employees represented by the CFA, who will continue the meet-and-confer process. We instead are focused on testing symptomatic individuals and encouraging students and employees to report positive cases.

All faculty, staff, and students must test if they are symptomatic, and all positive tests must continue to be reported to the University. We will continue to offer free testing to students who are symptomatic through Student Health and Counseling Services.

Q. What if a student tests positive for COVID-19?

If a student’s test indicates a positive result for COVID-19, they should 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 Services web page. Instructions are provided to Students on the report form.

If you test positive:

  • Stay home. Do not attend class or work.
  • Self-isolate and wear a face covering when you are around others.
  • After 5 days if you no longer have symptoms, you may self-test for COVID.
  • If you test negative, you may return to campus. Continue to wear a face covering for the next 5 days.
  • If you test positive, continue to self-isolate for another 5 days. You may return to campus after 10 days.
  • If you are experiencing moderate symptoms such as shortness of breath or breathing difficulty, please call Student Health & Counseling Services at 916-278-6461.

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 attend class or work in-person. It is up to each student whether or not they wish to disclose their positive COVID-19 test.

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, please visit HR-Related Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for more information. The CDC recommends that you continue to wear a mask for 10-14 days after a close exposure. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your doctor immediately to be tested and self-quarantine until you get your results. If testing positive, follow the isolation and quarantine guidance from California Department of Public Health.

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

Q. Can I still go to class if I am not vaccinated?

All students have until the first day of class to certify their COVID-19 vaccination status. Through certification, you have the opportunity to declare a medical or religious/personal exemption.

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?

All students and faculty members, regardless of if they are fully vaccinated or not, will be highly recommended to wear masks while inside campus buildings and classrooms. Masking requirements may change based on Sacramento County Public Health department guidance. Watch your email for further updates.

Employees and students can access free face coverings and N95 masks at several campus locations, such as the Library checkout counter and the University Union information desk.

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. Students who have not completed their COVID-19 self-certification by the first day of classes may 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.).

Students who have not completed their COVID-19 self-certification by the first day of classes may be denied access to campus

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 should report the result to Student Health and Counseling Services by completing the Student COVID-19 Report Form. The student will receive instructions on the COVID report form page.

Isolation and Quarantine Guidance from California Department of Public Health

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.

Isolation and Quarantine Guidance from California Department of Public Health

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.

Isolation and Quarantine Guidance from California Department of Public Health