Vaccine Certification & Info

CSU Vaccine Policy

The CSU has announced that all faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities at any university location are required to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The CSU's vaccine requirement includes the SARS-CoV-2 booster. Read the CSU's statement on the booster requirement.

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

The California State University’s policy considers students and employees to be fully vaccinated after:

  • Completion of an mRNA vaccine (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) primary series followed at least five months after by a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; or
  • Completion of a Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine primary dose followed at least two months after by a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The CDC recommends receiving the mRNA booster five months after your final dose of original vaccination. The CSU booster deadline is six months after your final dose of original vaccination or Feb. 28, whichever comes later.

For more information, see the CSU official interim vaccination policy.

Self-Certification

COVID-19 vaccine self-certification must be submitted for all students and employees through MyCSUDH. 

View the student and employee dropdowns below for more information.


MyCSUDH Self-Certification: Required For All Students and Employees

Student Self-Certification

At CSUDH, the safety and health of the campus community is our highest priority. In alignment with California State University (CSU) Policy, all CSUDH Spring 2022 enrolled and Extended Education students are required to complete the COVID-19 vaccine self-certification form through the myCSUDH portal.

What does completing my vaccine self-certification mean?

Self-certification means a student certifies and submits appropriate documents through myCSUDH to prove that they:

  1. have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster;
  2. qualify for a medical exemption; 
  3. qualify for a religious exemption; or
  4. will NOT access the campus for any reason

Please note: Boosters must be administered by Feb. 28 or six months after the final dose of the original vaccination, whichever is later.

Extended Education Students

As a reminder, all Extended Education students, regardless of on-campus or online enrollment, must complete the COVID-19 vaccine self-certification form on the myCSUDH portal. If you do not have access to your myCSUDH portal, or are having issues logging in, please contact Extended Education Records, Information & Customer Service at ceereg@csudh.edu or call (310) 243-3741.

How do I complete my self-certification? What about adding my booster?

The following video provides details on how to complete your self-certification:

For Vaccination Cards:

  • Students must be fully vaccinated to complete self-certification.
  • Ensure that the dates you have entered manually match your vaccination card and are not future dates.
  • Upload a single photo of the front of your vaccination card where dates are readable.

Medical/Religious Exemption Documents:

  • Upload a single page in an appropriate picture format. You can do this by taking a screenshot from your laptop to automatically save in the correct format.
  • The size of your document might be preventing you from uploading successfully. Ensure you are uploading a document that is no bigger than 118 KB.

If you are still having issues:

  • Upload from a computer or laptop.
  • Clear your browsing history.
  • Restart the self-certification process through your portal.

For instructions on how to add your booster card, watch the video below: 

If you continue to experience issues, please call the COVID Safety Team at (310) 243-2809 or email us at covid_safety@csudh.edu.

I still have a hold on my account. What should I do?

If you submitted the vaccine self-certification and still have a "Discipline - Transcript OK" hold on your account 48 hours later, please contact the Office of Community Standards at DH_Conduct@csudh.edu.

What supporting documents do I need to complete self-certification?

Important Document Information: Please save and upload any supporting documents on myCSUDH as bmp, gif, jpg, jpeg, or png. PDFs are not accepted.

COVID-19 Vaccination: Upload a digital copy of your vaccination card on myCSUDH as bmp, gif, jpg, jpeg, or png. PDFs are not accepted. A clear digital image of a student's vaccination record from the California Digital Vaccine Record is also acceptable.

Medical Exemption: All medical exemption requests must include a supporting document uploaded via the self-certification form on myCSUDH. For medical exemptions, please submit a legible and clear digital file of a letter from the student’s certified or licensed healthcare professional, which verifies the need for exemption due to an existing medical or mental health condition for which an approved vaccine presents a significant risk or adverse reaction. This includes students who may have been positive for COVID-19 recently and are unable to get the vaccine. 

The medical exemption supporting document must be on official letterhead and include the student's name, the medical provider’s name, medical office address, phone number, license number, and signature. Upload a digital copy of the exemption on myCSUDH as bmp, gif, jpg, jpeg, or png. PDFs are not accepted. Please retain the original letter and provide it upon request if needed. Medical exemptions require weekly testing.

Religious Exemption: All religious exemption requests must include a supporting document uploaded on myCSUDH. This document is a written statement by the student that clearly describes the applicable religion or other comparable belief, and how taking an approved vaccine violates the stated religious belief. Upload a one page digital copy of the exemption request on myCSUDH as bmp, gif, jpg, jpeg, or png. PDFs are not accepted. All approved religious exemptions require weekly surveillance testing for students enrolled in any in-person or hybrid courses.

No Campus Access: No documentation will be needed for any student who certifies that they will not access the campus for any reason, but they must be registered in fully-online courses.

Please do not email any vaccination information, exemption requests, or documents directly to any CSUDH staff or faculty.

I have questions about exemptions and/or the self-certification process. Who can I call?

For vaccine self-certification-related questions, please email covid_safety@csudh.edu or call (310) 243-2809. 

How long will it take to review and approve my certification or exemption?

All certifications and exemptions are reviewed and approved by designated officials. All vaccination documents are verified for authenticity and exemption requests are approved on a case-by-case basis, which requires time. You will receive a notification on your ToroMail regarding the approval status of your vaccine certification or exemption request. Vaccine Self-Certification submission on myCSUDH is not an automatic approval.

Where can I schedule a free COVID-19 vaccination appointment?

  1. Schedule an appointment through the County of Los Angeles Public Health site.
  2. Schedule an appointment at nearby local pharmacies including CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Walmart at vaccines.gov.
Many clinics and pharmacies allow walk-ins, but we recommend scheduling an appointment.

How much does a COVID-19 vaccine cost?

The vaccine is free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of immigration or health insurance status.

I am an international student and received a different vaccine. What other vaccines will CSUDH accept for self-certification?

CSUDH will accept COVID-19 vaccines that are recognized on the World Health Organization (WHO) list of vaccines that have met criteria for safety and efficacy.

When should I schedule my second dose?

Here are the current CDC schedules for vaccines:

  • Johnson & Johnson Janssen Vaccine - 1 dose; two months after vaccination
  • Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine - 2 doses, 21 days apart; booster: five months after second dose
  • Moderna Vaccine - 2 doses, 28 days apart; booster: five months after second dose

CDC offers more information about COVID-19 vaccine types, schedules, and safety information.

I am a student who works on campus. Do I complete the student or employee self-certification?

Students who are also employees of the university must complete both the student self-certification and the employee self-certification.

For a full list of FAQ about self-certification, vaccines, and testing, please visit the Student FAQ page.

Employee Self-Certification

The CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy requires that all faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities at any university location be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

The California State University’s policy considers students and employees to be fully vaccinated after:

  • Completion of an mRNA vaccine (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) primary series followed at least six months after by a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; or
  • Completion of a Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine primary dose followed at least two months after by a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The CDC recommends receiving the mRNA booster five months after your final dose of original vaccination. The CSU booster deadline is six months after your final dose of original vaccination or Feb. 28, whichever comes later.

So, what does this mean for employees?

  • Employees are required to complete a vaccination self-certification through the myCSUDH portal
  • Employees must select one of the four available options attesting they are either:
  • Vaccinated employees are required to update their self-certification to add their booster information (including uploading a photo to demonstrate proof of vaccination) through the myCSUDH portal.
  • Represented employees will not be subject to the booster requirement until the CSU concludes its meet and confer process with the unions.
  • Student employees must complete/update two certifications, one as a student, and one as an employee.
  • Weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing is available for all employees regardless of vaccination status, and is currently mandatory for those with an approved medical or religious exemption.
  • Employees shall be required to comply with the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy as a condition of employment. Employees who do not complete the self-certification or request a valid exemption may be denied access to campus and may be subject to discipline.

Please use the Quick Reference Guide [PDF] for instructions on how to complete your certification.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources by emailing hrm@csudh.edu or calling (310) 243-2283.

Employee FAQ

What if I am not yet eligible for a booster?

Boosters must be received within 30 days of an employee’s eligibility; however, an individual will be considered fully vaccinated once they receive all CDC recommended boosters for which they are eligible.

What if I received the primary series of vaccines (i.e., 1-dose Johnson & Johnson, or 2-dose Pfizer or Moderna), but wish to file an exemption for the booster?

The vaccination policy allows employees to seek exemptions on medical and religious grounds. If you received the primary series of vaccines, and now wish to seek an exemption, you will be considered unvaccinated and must participate in weekly surveillance testing. Please update your self-certification and submit the medical exemption form [PDF] or religious exemption form [PDF] to the HR – Medical and Religious Exemptions folder.

What if I have two vaccination cards, how do I upload them?

The self-certification page only allows one file to be uploaded. Please take a picture of both vaccination cards and upload them as one image.

What will happen to employees who fail to get fully vaccinated?

Any employee who does not provide a certification of vaccination may be denied access to campus and/or campus programs. Employees who are exempted from vaccination for medical or religious reasons must participate in additional public health and safety measures, such as routine COVID-19 surveillance testing, face coverings, and physical distancing, to reduce the likelihood of transmission to the campus community.

I’ve already tested positive for COVID-19. Do I still need to get fully vaccinated?

Yes, you will still need to get vaccinated. The university policy does not allow for exemptions for those who have had COVID-19, and public health officials recommend vaccination for people who have previously tested positive for COVID-19.

What will be the consequences for employees who do not get vaccinated but still need to access campus facilities to perform their duties?

Any employee who does not provide a Certification or otherwise comply with related university policy may be denied access to Campus/Programs. The CSU met and conferred with labor unions to address discipline for represented employees who fail to complete a certification. Non-represented employees will be subject to consequences for non-compliance with this policy.

What if an employee has lost or misplaced their COVID-19 vaccination card? How can they demonstrate compliance with this policy?

If the individual was vaccinated in California, they may access their record at
https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/.





Rethinking Vaccine Hesitancy: 12 Facts You Should Know

By Sophia Momand, MD
Physician, CSUDH Student Health Center

1. The COVID-19 vaccines were developed quickly, but safely.

The vaccines were created using scientific methods and processes developed and tested over decades, and have gone through extensive safety testing.

2. COVID-19 vaccine side effects are temporary and usually mild.

The vaccines do not cause infection, but may cause a sore arm, mild fever, or body aches for one or two days following a shot. The vaccines do not contain live viruses.

3. Vaccines can protect you from getting infected.

This includes from variants such as Delta or Mu. If you do get infected, the vaccines prevent serious illness and death.

4. Vaccine testing assessed safety and effectiveness across a diverse range of populations.

Clinical trial participants included people of color, the elderly, the obese, and other vulnerable populations, to ensure the vaccines’ safety throughout the general populace.

5. You can get the vaccines if you have allergies.

Allergies to foods, insects, latex, or other substances do not affect the vaccines’ efficacy or safety.

6. Getting vaccinated protects you and those you love.

People of color are especially vulnerable to severe COVID-19 infections. Generational health inequities have caused Black, Latinx, and other communities of color to experience more severe COVID-19 symptoms and deaths.

7. Even if you have had COVID-19, getting the vaccine will protect you.

The vaccines offer longer, stronger protection than your natural immunity.

8. Vaccinations help prevent variants from developing.

Every COVID-19 infection gives the virus a chance to mutate (change form) to survive—the more vaccinations, the less chance of variants springing up.

9. The faster the community gets vaccinated, the faster we can get “back to normal.”

Of course, the best way to stop the spread is to get vaccinated and practice safe behaviors (hand washing, wearing masks, social distancing, etc.).

10. The vaccines have no ill effects on pregnant people, those trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

However, unvaccinated pregnant people are vulnerable to serious COVID-19 infections, which can harm the baby.

11. Time is of the essence.

The longer it takes for the community to get vaccinated, the more the virus can spread or mutate into new variants. The sooner you get vaccinated, the sooner you and the entire community are protected.

12. The decision is yours.

There is a lot of misinformation out there that deliberately distorts the facts about the vaccines. Use only reliable sources for research. Talk to those who have already been vaccinated about their experiences, so you can be confident and make the most informed decision.


Getting vaccinated is how we end COVID-19!




L.A. County Vaccination Information

CSUDH falls under the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's vaccination distribution.

Currently, L.A. County is vaccinating:

  • Everyone aged 5 years and older. Book your appointment at myturn.ca.gov.

Live Outside L.A. County?

Each county has its own vaccination rollout plan. Links to county COVID-19 vaccine web pages is available on the California COVID-19 vaccine site.