COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccine Certification & Info

Countdown to Self-Certification Deadline

COVID-19 vaccine self-certification must be submitted for all students and most employees through MyCSUDH no later than Thursday, September 30, 2021.

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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 Fall 2021 enrolled and Extended Education students are required to complete the COVID-19 vaccine self-certification form through the myCSUDH portal by Thursday, September 30 at 11:59 p.m.

What does completing my vaccine self-certification mean?

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

  1. have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19;
  2. qualify for a medical exemption;
  3. qualify for a religious exemption or
  4. will not access the campus for any activity

How do I complete my self-certification?

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.

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.

Religious Exemption: All religious exemption requests must include a supporting document uploaded via the self-certification form on myCSUDH. This document is a statement that clearly describes the applicable religion or other comparable belief, and how taking an approved vaccine violates the stated religious belief. Upload a digital copy of the exemption request on myCSUDH as bmp, gif, jpg, jpeg, or png. PDFs are not accepted.

No Campus Access: No documentation will be needed for any student who attests that they will not access the campus for any reason.

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 COVID safety, Vaccination Self-Certification or exemption questions, please email covid_safety@csudh.edu or call (310) 243-2809. For issues regarding myCSUDH Self-Certification document uploads, please email Records and Registrations at registrar@csudh.edu or call 310-243-3645.

Can the CSUDH Student Health Center provide a letter for a vaccine medical exemption?

No. Unfortunately, the CSUDH Student Health Center cannot provide students a medical exemption letter.

Here are some local community medical clinics and resources:

South Bay Family Health Care
270 East 223rd St.
Carson, CA
www.sbfhc.org

List of Local Medical Providers
www.bchd.org/resources-category/medical

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 vaccination certification or exemption request. Vaccination Self-Certification submission on myCSUDH is not an automatic approval. Please ensure you complete all requirements including request for further action by Thursday, September 30.

What happens if I miss the self-certification deadline?

Students who are enrolled in courses with an on-campus component, whether in-person or hybrid courses, but do not complete the form by Thursday, September 30 will be disenrolled - dropped from classes held on campus.

If you are disenrolled from on-campus classes because you did not complete the self-certification form:

  • Your financial aid may be adversely affected, reduced, or in jeopardy.
  • You may not be able to take all your courses in the online format, and your expected graduation date may be delayed.
  • You will not be able to access on-campus services, events, and engagement opportunities.
  • Students have until Thursday, September 30, 2021 to comply. Those who do not provide proof or a valid exemption by that date will not be allowed on campus.

All my classes are online. Do I need to complete vaccine self-certification?

Students who are enrolled in fully online classes must still satisfy this requirement but may do so by requesting an exemption on the basis of no need to access the campus.

If you are taking online courses and do not complete the self-certification form by the deadline, then a registration hold will be placed on your account for the spring 2022 semester.

What are the important dates and deadlines related to COVID-19 safety and self-certification?

Wednesday, August 25: Start of required weekly surveillance testing for students. You can check testing requirements and appointments here.

Thursday, September 9: Late registration deadline and last day to add/drop courses via myCSUDH. Last day to drop from FT to PT Status with refund.

Thursday, September 16: CSUDH Rite Aid pop-up vaccination clinic open. Schedule your clinic appointment here.

Thursday, September 30: Deadline for vaccine self-certification for all enrolled students.

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?

To complete self-certification, you must complete all vaccine doses and submit documents through the myCSUDH portal by Thursday, September 30. Here are the current CDC schedules for vaccines:

  • Johnson & Johnson Janssen Vaccine - 1 dose
  • Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine - 2 doses, 21 days apart
  • Moderna Vaccine - 2 doses, 28 days apart

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

I completed my self-certification. Am I mandated to participate in weekly surveillance testing?

All students are strongly encouraged to test weekly regardless of vaccination status for safety. Visit the Together testing webpage for more information about testing requirements and appointments.

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.

Employee Self-Certification

All employees are required to complete the vaccine self-certification form through the myCSUDH portal by September 30, 2021.

  • CSUEU and CFA employees must complete their self-certification by October 27, 2021.
  • Employees must select one of the four available options attesting they are either:
    • Vaccinated
    • Filing a medical exemption
    • Filing a religious exemption
    • Confirming that at this time they will not be physically accessing the campus.
  • Employees certifying that they are not currently accessing the campus must recertify if their assignment changes and they are required to return to campus.

For instructions, you may watch the video tutorial below or use the Self Certification Quick Reference Guide [PDF].

  • Non-represented, CSUEU, CFA, APC, SUPA, and UAW vaccinated employees must upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination (Ex. Vaccination card, QR code from the State of CA, letter from a health care provider, etc.).

  • CSUDH will continue weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing, which is currently mandatory for MPPs, confidential employees, CSUEU, CFA, APC, and SUPA employees, and other non-represented employee groups including student employees. Employees in these groups who have uploaded their vaccine card may opt out of weekly surveillance testing. Uploading proof of vaccination does not preclude employees from participating in surveillance testing. Testing is strongly encouraged for all employees, regardless of vaccination status.

  • 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 by the required date may be denied access to campus and may be subject to discipline. Represented employees will not be subject to the disciplinary process on vaccination mandates until the meet and confer with their union has concluded (i.e., APC, Teamsters, and SUPA).

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

Self-Certification Stations and Q&A Sessions

To help students and employees complete their self-certification, CSUDH is hosting Zoom Q&A sessions and on-campus Self-Certification stations.

Employee Self-Certification Q&A Session
Thursday, Sept. 23
10 - 11 a.m.

Submit questions ahead of time via online survey >

Student Self-Certification Q&A Session
Thursday, Sept. 23
3 - 4 p.m.

Self-Certification Station
Thursday, Sept. 23 and Monday, Sept. 27
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Get technical assistance completing your required self-certification in time for Sept. 30 by stopping by the Self-Certification Station on the East Walkway, including how to upload proof of vaccination. Come to get self-certified, stay for the Happy Ice (free treat for first 200 Toros on Thursday, Sept. 23).





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!




CSU Vaccine Policy: Fall 2021

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


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 12 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.