COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Information

Vaccination requirement

The California State University system has announced that it will require faculty, staff and students who are accessing campus facilities at any university location to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Cal State East Bay will align with this requirement, and anyone who plans to be at the Hayward, Concord or Oakland Center campuses must be vaccinated or have a valid exemption. To allow time to become fully vaccinated or to request an exemption, the effective date of this requirement at Cal State East Bay will be September 15, 2021.

Previously, the CSU had stated that the requirement was pending full approval of the vaccine by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Because of evolving circumstances, the university is implementing this requirement now without waiting for any further action by the FDA. 

The CSU’s COVID-19 vaccination policy will allow students and employees to seek medical and religious exemptions.

How to get vaccinated

The university, in partnership with La Familia, will host a free vaccination clinic on its Hayward campus on Tuesday, Aug. 17 and Tuesday, Sept. 14. The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which guard against COVID-19, will be available for students, faculty and staff.

The walk-in clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Old University Union, Lobby and Room 102. Individuals seeking a vaccine should bring their identification card, such as a driver’s license or other government-issued ID, or their BayCard (card or digital copy accepted). No appointments are required.

Those who have already received a first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and seek their second dose should bring their vaccination card.

Individuals seeking a vaccine can also use these resources:

  • Check directly with your healthcare provider.   
  • You can find a walk-in clinic or make an appointment using the website MyTurn
  • Many local pharmacies, including CVS and Walgreens, offer the vaccine. 
  • County public health pages in Alameda County and Contra Costa County also have information on how to schedule appointments.  

The State of California’s COVID-19 website explains the vaccine’s benefits. Vaccines are available to everyone age 12 and up—regardless of immigration or insurance status.


On-campus testing begins the week of Aug. 16 in front of the Student Health Center. Registration is required.

If you have medical insurance, call your doctor/healthcare provider to schedule a test. If you do not have medical insurance, you can schedule an appointment at a community testing site.