These FAQs are intended to provide information to employees about COVID-19 vaccine certification, self-attestation, and exemptions. Updates will be shared as additional information and public health updates become available.

1. What does COVID-19 Vaccine Certification mean? (updated 7/28/2021)
Certification is the process by which a person self-attests that they 1) have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, 2) have a qualified medical exemption, or 3) have a qualified religious exemption.

2. Where can I find information about the availability of the vaccine?  (added 7/29/2021)
Depending on your county of residence, information is available by visiting: You may also check with your healthcare provider or local pharmacies such as RalphsCVSRite Aid, or Walgreens,  Albertsons or Vons.

Additionally, Rite Aid will continue to partner with CSUCI and provide free Pfizer vaccinations on campus for members of our campus community and University Glen residents. Advance registration is encouraged but walk-ins will be accommodated as appointment times allow. Please click on a date below to schedule an appointment. All vaccinations will be held at El Dorado Hall.

Please note that these vaccinations are the two-dose Pfizer vaccines and are not the booster shot.

  • Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Aug. 20 from 1 to 6 p.m. 
  • Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Pfizer two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer COVID-19 booster , and flu shot will be available on this date) - registration link coming soon

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and 100% free for everyone 12 years and older. Learn more about why the vaccine is one of our most powerful tools to ending the pandemic by visiting for COVID-19 facts.

3. What if I have been exposed to someone with COVID-19? (updated 8/26/2021)
The answer to this question varies by vaccination status.

  • Individuals who have had a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
    • People who are fully vaccinated:  Quarantine is only required if COVID-19 symptoms develop or the exposed person tests positive for COVID-19.
      • DO:
        • Report the case to the COVID Cases web page 
        • Get tested 3-5 days after last exposure
        • Monitor symptoms each day for 14 days from last exposure
        • Wear a mask while around others
        • Do not come onto campus if you are feeling ill or symptomatic
  • People who are not fully vaccinated are required to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days from last exposure.
      • DO:
        • Report the case to the COVID Cases web page 
        • Quarantine
        • Get tested immediately after exposure is identified, and, if negative, tested again in 5–7 days after last exposure
        • Monitor symptoms for 14 days from last exposure
        • Wear a mask while around others
  • Quarantine requires that an individual remain in their residence except for doctor’s appointments.  Do not come to campus, go to work, attend classes, or come into any campus buildings other buildings,
  • Individuals who have known exposure to COVID-19 should NOT come into the on-campus testing clinic.  On-campus testing can be arranged by contacting to minimize interaction with others in the clinic.

4. Is physical distancing still required?  (updated 8/12/2021)
For unvaccinated employees, physical distancing of six feet is required when not wearing a face mask while eating or drinking. In addition, it is recommended that unvaccinated individuals continue to wear a mask outdoors in circumstances when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

5. What does self-attest mean?
Self-attest means that an employee provides on their own behalf an honest and accurate statement about their vaccination status.

6. How do I tell CSUCI that I am fully vaccinated for COVID-19?
Employees will receive direct communication via email with vaccine certification information and a link to the self-attestation form. Please monitor your CSUCI email account to ensure you don't miss this important message.  

7. How do I certify a medical or religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine?
Employees can submit that they have a qualified medical or religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine through the self-attestation process.

8. What is considered an allowable medical exemption to the COVID-19 Vaccine?
A medical exemption is allowed when an employee has a medical (including mental health) condition for which an Approved Vaccine presents a significant risk of adverse reaction. Any medical exemption must be verified by a certified or licensed healthcare professional. Employees who certify a medical exemption are expected to have documentation from a certified or licensed healthcare professional, which describes the medical (including mental health) condition which is the basis for the condition.

9. What is considered an allowable religious exemption to the COVID-19 Vaccine?
A religious exemption is allowed if taking a COVID-19 vaccine conflicts with either (i) a person’s sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice, which includes any traditionally recognized religion, or (ii) beliefs, observances, or practices which an individual sincerely holds and that occupy a place of importance in that individual’s life, comparable to that of a traditionally recognized religion.

An employee who certifies a religious exemption is expected to provide a personal statement that describes the applicable religious or other comparable belief that is the basis for the Exemption.

10. What is an approved vaccine for COVID-19?
The following COVID-19 vaccines shall also be deemed to be Approved Vaccines for the purpose of satisfying the proposed CSU vaccination requirement:

  1. A COVID-19 vaccine administered under an FDA Emergency Use Authorization; or
  2. A COVID-19 vaccine administered outside of the United States, provided that such vaccine has received approval (including emergency use authorization) by the World Health Organization or FDA-equivalent agency in the country where the vaccine was administered.

11. When am I considered "fully vaccinated" for COVID-19?
A person is fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks (14 days) after the last required dose of an approved vaccine. Specifically, this would be 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or 14 days after the first dose of a one-dose vaccine.

12.Can I change my certification status? I requested an exemption at first, but now I’m fully vaccinated.
Yes, you may change your certification status. Simply go back to the COVID-19 vaccination self-attestation form and update your certification status. All statuses that you certify are maintained in the system.

13. What if I can’t get vaccinated AND I can’t wear a mask due to a medical condition?
Employees requiring exemption to mask-wearing due to a medical condition should contact Human Resources to request this consideration.

14. Will employees be required to take regular COVID-19 tests?  (updated 8/12/2021)
Employees who certify and provide proof that they are fully vaccinated are not required to be tested regularly for COVID-19. Employees who do not certify or provide proof of being fully vaccinated, or employees with a qualified vaccine exemption, will be required to be tested weekly. CSUCI will provide testing options at no cost to comply with any imposed COVID-19 testing requirements.

Information about the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is available here: PCR Swab Intended Use (PDF, 51KB).

All employees are also required to be tested for COVID-19 if they have known symptoms of the virus, or if they are exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus.

15. When and where will COVID-19 testing be held on campus for students, faculty, and staff? (Updated 12/22/2021)
COVID-19 Testing for students, faculty, and staff will be held on campus at the Petite Salon, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates:

  • August: 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30
  • September: 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
  • October: 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27
  • November: 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
  • December: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15

The University will continue to offer testing over the winter break on the following dates. For all dates, testing will be available from 8 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. in the Petit Salon. Testing will be offered on a walk-in basis; you may pre-register to receive your results

  • December: 20, 21, 22
  • January: 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12

Individuals who are positive or have an exposure and are symptomatic should not come to the on-campus testing clinic. However, on-campus testing can be arranged by contacting to minimize interaction with others at the campus testing clinic.

Individuals interested in being tested for their own purpose or need, can learn about local testing sites, pharmacy locations, and at-home testing kits, by visiting the sites below:

16. Are employees required to wear a mask?  (updated 7/27/2021)
Yes. All employees, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask indoors at CSUCI and affiliated locations (Santa Rosa Island Research Station, Channel Islands Boating Center, Goleta instructional site), except when in an office alone, or when eating or drinking while physically distanced six feet from others.

Disposable face coverings/masks will be available in the locations below; these face coverings/masks are intended solely for those who may have forgotten a mask for the day.

  • Dean of Students Office, Bell Tower 2565
  • Student Health Center, Yuba Hall
  • Broome Library Lobby
  • University Police Department, Placer Hall Lobby
  • Facility Services Work Center Lobby, Ironwood Hall
  • Sage Hall Enrollment Center Lobby
  • Housing & Residential Education Offices:
    • Santa Cruz Village – Bldg. E HRE Main Office
    • Front Desks in all four living areas: Santa Cruz Village – Bldg. G, Anacapa Village, Santa Rosa Village, and Town Center
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