Vaccine Information

CSUDH Vaccine Policy

As of May 2023, CSUDH no longer requires COVID-19 vaccination for students* and employees. For more details, read the May 31, 2023 university statement.

*Student athletes and students in on-campus housing are required to get the COVID-19 vaccine. See a full list of vaccine requirements on the Student Health Services website.

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 6 months and older. Book your appointment at

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.