CSU COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements FAQ

What vaccine is required, and who is required to have it? 

The California State University (CSU) announced, along with the University of California (UC), on April 22, 2021 that it intends to require faculty, staff and students who are accessing campus facilities at any university location to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Cal State East Bay, as one of the 23 campuses in the CSU, will require its faculty, staff and students to be immunization compliant. 

When will this be implemented?

This requirement will be conditioned upon full approval of one or more vaccines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as adequate availability of the fully approved vaccines. It will become effective at the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester, or upon full FDA approval of the vaccine, whichever is later. For example, if the vaccine receives full FDA approval in July 2021, the requirement is effective the first day of the fall semester on Aug. 18, 2021. If it receives full approval later, the requirement is effective for the next term (e.g., Winter or Spring 2022).

Will there be exceptions? 

Yes, The COVID-19 vaccination requirement would allow for students or employees to seek an exemption based on medical or religious grounds.

Who is  involved in the decision to implement the immunization requirements?  

Prior to the implementation of any changes to the CSU’s existing immunization requirements, the CSU will engage the California State Student Association, the CSU Academic Senate and labor unions. The policy and related implementation details are under development and will be made available once the consultations have concluded.

Am I required to have a vaccination before a policy is in place? 

The university strongly encourages all members of our respective communities to receive a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as it is available to them.

Where can I get a vaccine? 

Vaccines are now available to Californians 16 years and older. While Cal State East Bay does not currently have access to vaccines nor appointments, individuals seeking a vaccine should use these resources:

  • Register at myturn.ca.gov to find locations with available appointments
  • Check directly with your healthcare provider
  • County public health pages in Alameda County and Contra Costa County list vaccination sites with appointments
  • The crowd-sourced site vaccinateca.com lists available vaccine sites by ZIP code

Updated 4/22/21