COVID Vaccination Recommendations
California State University San Marcos strongly recommends that all individuals who attend or participate in an in-person program or activity operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications. CDC and CDPH recommend receiving the 2023 COVID-19 updated vaccine for the best protection. Consider discussing COVID-19 vaccination with your medical provider.
The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older receive the 2023 COVID-19 updated vaccine; either an m-RNA vaccine or a protein subunit vaccine. These vaccines are available locally and free of charge through your insurance, when given by an in-network provider. If you don’t have health insurance, vaccines are available through CDC Bridge Program providers in your area. It is strongly recommended to obtain the vaccine to prevent severe illness. Use VaccineFinder and My Turn to locate a COVID vaccine near you.
CSUSM will have limited quantities of COVID-19 tests. Students experiencing COVID-19
symptoms can contact Student Health & Counseling Services. Employees who are identified as a close contact of an on-campus positive case can
contact the COVID Management Team for COVID-19 testing information.
CSUSM now has New Wellness Vending Machines with tests available for purchase.
Free COVID tests can still be delivered to your home through covid.gov (limit four per household).
The FDA had extended the expiration dates for many COVID-19 tests, but some expiration extension dates are coming due. Check your COVID-19 tests to verify their extended expiration date. You may discard COVID-19 at-home/over-the-counter rapid antigen tests in the regular trash when they have extended past the FDA expiration extension date.
Employees, students, vendors, visitors, and volunteers who test positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or are experiencing symptoms they believe are related to COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to remain off campus and submit a COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form. No members of the University community should come to or remain on University property or participate in any University-related activity if they are ill or feeling unwell.
The University provides notifications of close contacts and possible exposures to keep our campus community informed and to comply with applicable state regulations. Learn about how CSUSM is keeping our campus community safe.