Student Vaccine Certification & Exemption
Our safest defense against the spread of COVID is vaccination. Coming together safely remains our top priority, which is why the CSU requires the COVID vaccine and booster for all individuals who are coming to campus or participating in in-person university activities.
The California State University Office of the Chancellor announced an update to the systemwide COVID-19 vaccine policy, requiring all students, faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster once they become eligible. You can fulfill the booster requirement in the following ways:
- Upload your COVID-19 vaccination record to myCSUSM.
- Request a medical exemption by providing a physician’s note.
- Request a religious exemption and attest to a sincerely held religious belief that precludes you from getting the vaccine.
- If you're not yet eligible for the booster because it has been less than five months since your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or less than two months since you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, it will be automatically reflected in your record. You will be required to submit proof of receiving the booster within 30 days of becoming eligible.
- If you are not yet eligible because of a positive COVID test within the past 14 days, you should submit a request for a temporary waiver with the COVID Case Management Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to submit documentation of your positive test AND your scheduled booster appointment. You will need to receive your booster and submit proof once your temporary waiver ends.
Students who fail to comply with the policy may be subject to Student Conduct disciplinary actions.
Students can submit their COVID-19 vaccine documentation along with their other immunization requirements online here. If you are requesting a religious or health exemption/accommodation for COVID-19, you must be ready to include a personal statement.
Medical and religious exemptions are permitted under the following guidelines.
Due to a medical (including mental health) condition for which an approved vaccine
presents a significant risk of a serious adverse reaction. Any medical exemption must
be verified by a certified or licensed healthcare professional. Attached documentation from a certified or licensed healthcare professional indicating
medical reasons is required. Students can learn more about applying for a medical exemption. (Please note: after filling out your information, scroll to the bottom of the form
and select "I am requesting a medical exemption.")
Due to 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 traditionally recognized religions. Documentation is not initially required. Students can learn more about applying for a religious exemption.