Vaccination Policy FAQ's

CSU Vaccination Policy

The following is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the CSU vaccination policy, which is applicable to SF State employees and students.

A. Any Student or Employee who does not provide a Certification of COVID vaccination may be denied access to on-Campus and/or in-person Campus Programs. Students and employees who are approved for an exemption from COVID vaccination for medical or religious reasons must participate in additional public health and safety measures, including routine COVID-19 surveillance testing, to reduce the likelihood of transmission to the campus community.

A. 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.

A. All individuals participating in face-to-face instruction/operations must submit proof of at least partial COVID vaccination (1 of 2 shots) by August 13, 2021. Such individuals will have to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing effective August 23 through September 24, 2021, or until two weeks after being fully vaccinated (2nd of 2 shots). Partially vaccinated individuals must provide proof of being fully vaccinated by September 10, 2021.

A. All employees are subject to this policy; however, the university must negotiate the impacts of the vaccine requirement with each applicable labor union. Until the meet-and-confer process with labor unions has reached a conclusion, the university cannot subject represented employees to consequences for failing to meet this university requirement. For students and employees who are unvaccinated during the grace period for obtaining full vaccination status (no later than September 10, 2021), other safety measures will apply, as with those who are exempted.

A. Any Student who does not provide a Certification may be denied access to Campus/Programs, this includes in-person classes and off-campus internships or clinical experiences.

If the health and safety of members of the campus community are jeopardized, students may be subject to the university’s student discipline process as outlined in CSU executive order.

A. Any Employee who does not provide a Certification may be denied access to in-person Campus/Programs. The CSU is still engaging in the meet-and-confer process 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.

A. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and the CSU and SF State will continue to review the guidance from local, state, federal, and global health agencies and revise the policy as needed based on the goal of maintaining the health and well-being of all members of the campus community.

A. In San Francisco visit: to schedule an appointment for a COVID vaccination. The Walgreens at West Lake (near campus) has appointments available for SF State affiliates. The campus will also be partnering with local pharmacies to host popup COVID vaccination clinics during the fall term.

New CDC guidelines have been issued stating that education workers – including student workers – are eligible for approved COVID-19 booster shots.  

For more information about booster shots, including locations where they are available in San Francisco, you may visit the City and County of San Francisco’s website.

A. The campus will also be partnering with local pharmacies to host free popup COVID vaccination clinics during the fall term.

A. SF State requires that Students and Employees upload an image of their vaccination card. Please let the reviewing office know that you have lost or misplaced your vaccination card and need assistance. If the individual was vaccinated in California, they may access their record at

A. All students and employees must upload their proof of COVID vaccination or request an exemption (medical or religious) to MyHealth by August 13, 2021. Students who fail to do so will be dropped from in-person courses and be required to meet with an advisor to find alternate online courses. If individuals are only partially vaccinated (1st of 2 shots), they must still upload proof of partial vaccination to MyHealth by August 13 and provide proof of full vaccination by September 10, 2021. Partially vaccinated individuals will have to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing effective August 23 through September 24, 2021, or until they are fully vaccinated (2 weeks after receiving the 2nd of 2 shots).

A. COVID vaccine information will be stored in MyHealth, the campus secure and HIPAA compliant electronic health record system. MyHealth is subject to the same usage and security protections, as other sensitive information that is already collected and stored on campus.

A. Human Resources will notify appropriate administrators when/if an employee may not be allowed on campus due to lack of compliance with this policy.

A. SF State has contracted with Shield T3 to provide COVID-19 testing. While this testing is being managed by a third-party provider, employees will be provided with documentation containing the date/time they were tested. Employees will be granted paid time to be tested. Human Resources will notify appropriate administrators when/if an employee is out of compliance with the testing provisions of this policy.

A. Medical exemptions must be verified by a certified or licensed healthcare professional and provided upon campus request. Religious exemptions must be supported by a personal statement describing the applicable religious or other comparable belief that is the basis for the exemption and provided upon campus request. Exemption request forms will be available for download via MyHealth.

A. No, Students and Employees who are approved for a medical or religious exemption and must participate in routine COVID-19 testing will be provided said testing at no charge to the Student or Employee. SF State may reserve the right to assess nominal fees for testing of other individuals.

A. Yes! SF State continues to require face coverings to be worn when indoors. The requirement for face coverings is based upon local and state public health guidelines, which are monitored closely.

A. Contractors who access campus are asked to ensure their employees comply with this policy prior to accessing campus. Visitors are required to comply with other safety measures such as face coverings and physical distancing.

A. Yes. Students should contact Counseling & Psychological Services and Employees should contact LifeMatters, the campus employee assistance program.