Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

Get Vaccinated

Per California State University system policy, vaccinations against COVID-19 are required to access campus facilities and participate in in-person learning and activities this fall. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and the best way you can protect yourself and others. 

Students and employees must be fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose) by September 30.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Vaccine Requirement

Find a Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available at pharmacies nationwide, often with no appointment necessary. All persons 12 or older are eligible and there is no cost to get vaccinated. 

Find a Vaccine

You can also visit the Butte County Public Health vaccination website to locate community clinics in the Chico area.  

CSU Vaccine Requirement Frequently Asked Questions

Per the California State University Chancellor's Office policy, the COVID-19 vaccine is required for students, faculty, and staff, this fall to access campus facilities or participate in in-person classes and activities this fall. The policy is effective immediately, which is a change from previous announcements that said the policy would take effect upon full FDA approval of one of the vaccines. 

View the CSU's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy text. The policy reflects the CSU's existing immunization requirements for measles, hepatitis, chickenpox, and others.

Students and employees must be fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose) by September 30.

We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

  • Who is required to be vaccinated?
    The requirement covers all undergraduate and graduate students and faculty and staff who intend to be on campus for any period. Vaccination will be required at Chico State to access campus facilities or participate in in-person classes and activities.
  • When is the deadline to get vaccinated?
    Students must have at least one vaccine shot before classes begin on August 23 and faculty and staff must have a least one dose prior to the August 16 return-to-work date to ensure you are fully vaccinated by September 30. For two-dose vaccines like Pfizer and Moderna, you must receive your second dose by September 17 in order to be fully vaccinated (two weeks after the final dose) by the deadline of September 30. You should submit your vaccine certification as soon as you are fully vaccinated.
  • Is the CSU's vaccine requirement legal?
    Yes, the CSU is legally permitted to take steps to protect the health of its students, faculty, and staff. COVID-19 vaccines are one such step, and the CSU has decided to require them for those community members who wish to be on campus. The CSU is requiring the vaccines even while they are under emergency use authorization by the FDA, but will consider requests for medical and religious exemptions.
  • Why isn't the CSU waiting for full FDA approval?

    The CSU determined that we simply cannot wait. The fall semester begins in less than four weeks and ~60% of people living in Butte County are still unvaccinated, putting all of us at risk. Furthermore, the Delta variant has caused cases to spike nationwide and COVID-19 remains a very serious threat for those who are not yet vaccinated. Read more in the CSU's policy announcement.

    The vaccines currently authorized for emergency use are very safe and extremely effective. Based on decades-old science, the vaccines met FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality. Millions of people in the United States have already received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in US history. 

  • How can students submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination?
    Students can now submit their vaccination status via the Student Center by clicking “Covid 19 Vaccination” in the Student Records menu. View detailed instructions for students on how to submit their vaccination status.
  • How can faculty and staff submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination?
    Employees should submit their vaccine certification using the appropriate form:
  • Do I qualify for an exemption? 

    Only students, faculty, and staff who cannot be vaccinated because of a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance may request an exemption. Exemption requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. They are NOT automatically approved. Personal reasons for not getting vaccinated do not qualify for an exemption. Neither the medical nor religious exemption forms should be used unless they seriously apply to your situation.

    Reminder: violations of the CSU vaccine policy, including dishonesty, may subject students to discipline under CSU Executive Order 1098, Student Conduct Procedures, and employees to discipline pursuant to California Education Code section 89535.

    Student Process

    Students can begin the process by indicating their intention to seek an exemption using the Vaccine Self-Certification form in the Student Center. View instructions. In addition, students must fulfill these requirements:

    • If requesting a medical exemption, students must also fill out the Accessibility Resource Center’s registration form and provide documentation verifying the medical issue.  
    • If requesting a religious exemption, once the student has filled out the Student Center form, they will be contacted by the Title IX/DHR office and provided with information on how to submit their request for religious exemption through an online form. 

    Faculty and Staff Process

    In addition to completing the Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Self-Certification (view instructions), employees must also fill out a request form with the CSU to be eligible for an exemption. Requesting an exemption does not guarantee approval. Additional paperwork must be submitted so that each request for exemption can be evaluated and approved. The CSU system has contracted with a professional consulting firm to evaluate employee requests for exemptions. The information submitted to this firm will be maintained confidentially and only shared on a need-to-know basis.


    Questions about vaccine exemptions may be directed to the following offices:

  • Is collecting vaccine information HIPAA compliant?
    Yes, all information submitted by employees (including vaccination status and exemption requests) is confidential and collected and stored in a manner that meets Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards. The University is well-versed in information security compliance as we regularly handle student health data and confidential academic records.
  • If I’m exempted, will I need to undergo regular COVID-19 testing?
    Specific policies about testing requirements for unvaccinated people have not yet been determined. You will be required to wear a mask.
  • I received a vaccine outside of the US. Will it satisfy the requirement?
    Yes, we are accepting all international COVID-19 vaccines that are approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or any governing regulatory body.
  • What if I don't want to get the vaccine?

    Students who choose not to be immunized and who do not receive an approved medical or religious exemption will not be able to attend in-person classes or events or access to campus facilities and will be limited to online course registration. (Personal reasons for not getting vaccinated do NOT qualify for an exemption.) Not all courses will be offered online.

    Violations of the CSU policy (such as an unvaccinated person attempting to access campus after September 30 without an approved exemption or dishonesty in the certification process) may subject students to discipline under CSU Executive Order 1098, Student Conduct Procedures, and employees to discipline pursuant to California Education Code section 89535.

    The health and safety of our campus community is essential. We are confident that vaccinations are the best way for us all to safely return to campus and provide the college experience we are known for. We are encouraging all Wildcats to get vaccinated if they are able to.

  • Do I need to be fully vaccinated, or is one shot sufficient? 
    You must be fully vaccinated. Per CDC guidelines, individuals are fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second shot of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and two weeks after receiving the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Do I need a vaccine if I've had COVID-19 and have antibodies?
    Yes, you need to get a vaccine, even if you already had COVID-19. Vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19, and studies show vaccines appear to be more effective against variants than acquired immunity. With the rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, it is more important than ever to get vaccinated.
  • Does the requirement mean all classes will have an online option? 
    No, while Chico State does have more expansive offering of virtual courses this fall, resource limitations do not allow for all of the University’s or even individual program's full offerings to be made available virtually. The class schedule(opens in new window) shows the delivery mode for available classes this fall.
  • Do I need to wear a mask on campus?

    Yes. Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, face coverings are currently required for everyone accessing indoor campus facilities regardless of vaccination status. This is in addition to the CSU's vaccine requirement. To be clear, both vaccinated and unvaccinated people must wear masks indoors on campus.

    This is a preventative measure for the foreseeable future to avoid the kind of outbreaks we are seeing across the country. Experts are finding that while vaccines are very effective at preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19 and its variants, vaccinated people can still spread the highly contagious Delta, posing serious risk to those who cannot be vaccinated (including children and immunocompromised people).

    It is important for the safety of our campus and community to proactively prevent widespread outbreaks through the use of vaccines AND masks. 

Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Visit the Centers for Disease Control’s Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines page and Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine page for the latest information.

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe.

Extensive testing and monitoring have shown that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. These vaccines are not experimental and are based on science that's been around for decades. The vaccines went through all the required stages of clinical trials and have met the FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality. Millions of people in the United States have already received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in US history. Learn more about the safety of vaccines.

You need a vaccine, even if you are young and healthy.

Being young and otherwise healthy doesn’t guarantee any natural immunity against COVID-19. Even if you don’t develop any symptoms from COVID-19, you can still pass it along to people who are older or at higher risk, including friends and family members. Hospitals are also seeing more young adults admitted with COVID-19 as more contagious variants spread. To protect those who are most vulnerable, we must rely on the vast majority of the population to get vaccinated, even those who may otherwise be young and healthy. 

Vaccines are effective, even against the Delta variant.

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19, especially severe illness and death. They are highly effective in preventing serious illness caused by mutations like the Delta variant. The Delta variant is highly contagious and has proven especially dangerous for unvaccinated people, so it's even more important to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccines also help stop the creation of new variants by eliminating opportunities to spread and keep mutating.

Some people do experience short-term, mild effects from the vaccine.

There are short-term mild or moderate vaccine reactions that resolve without complication or injury. Some people get reactions such as a headache, chills, fatigue or muscle pain, or fever lasting for a day or two. Keep in mind that these side effects are indicators that your immune system is responding to the vaccine and are common when receiving vaccines.