COVID-19 Vaccine

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.

Updated Dec. 22, 2021: The CSU's vaccine requirement includes the SARS-CoV-2 booster. The deadline to receive the booster is Feb. 28, 2022 or six months after receiving the final dose of the original vaccine, whichever is later. Read the CSU's statement on the booster requirement.

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.

Please note: All students with approved medical or religious exemptions must participate in weekly surveillance testing if they are enrolled in any in-person or hybrid courses. More information about CSUDH surveillance testing is available on the testing page.

How do I complete my self-certification?

Spring 2022 Enrollment

The Spring 2022 semester starts January 24, 2022 with 80% of CSUDH courses scheduled in a face-to-face format. Only students who have certified as fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption can register for face-to-face classes. Students who have self-certified that they "will not access campus" can only register for online courses.

Spring 2022 New Students

All Spring 2022 new students must complete their vaccine self-certification before Monday, January 10, 2022, to be able to register at Spring 2022 New Student Orientation and enroll in the Spring 2022 semester.

All vaccine self-certification submissions must be made through the myCSUDH portal. Please do not email vaccination or exemption documents to any CSUDH faculty or staff. If you do not have access to your myCSUDH portal, or are having issues logging in, please contact Records & Registration at registrar@csudh.edu or call (310) 243-3645.

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.

What happens if I miss the self-certification deadline?

All students must complete vaccine self-certification requirements to be enrolled in any Spring 2022 course. Students who miss the deadline cannot register for courses or may have their spring courses impacted. Additionally, financial aid may be adversely affected, reduced, or in jeopardy.

Contact the Office of Community Standards at DH_Conduct@csudh.edu for more information.

I am having issues uploading my vaccine 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.

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

All my classes are online. Is completion of vaccine self-certification still necessary?

Students who are enrolled in fully online classes must still satisfy this requirement.

If you are enrolled in fully-online courses for Spring 2022, choosing that you will not access the campus will fulfill the self-certification requirement. No documentation will be needed for any student who certifies that they will not access the campus for any reason. However, this option will prohibit physical access to campus facilities, programs, services, in-person classes and participation in on-campus events.

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 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 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. 

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 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: six months after second dose
  • Moderna Vaccine - 2 doses, 28 days apart; booster: six 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.

Employee Self-Certification

Employees are required to complete the vaccine self-certification form through the myCSUDH portal. For some employee groups, the deadline was September 30, 2021.

  • CSUEU and CFA employees must complete their self-certification by October 27, 2021.
  • Teamsters must complete their self-certification by November 26, 2021.
  • APC-represented employees must complete their self-certification by December 22, 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 and SUPA).

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




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.