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Vaccine Info

The Cal State Long Beach vaccination program is now underway for current members of the campus community. 

This site contains important information about the program.

The Frequently Asked Questions below will be updated if and when new information becomes available.

When can I expect to be vaccinated?

Invitations to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated will be issued in this order as informed by current public health guidance:

  1. Staff and faculty with identified in-person responsibilities at the time the vaccination program was planned in early January 
  2. Staff and faculty over the age of 65 or those with high-risk conditions self-disclosed during pre-registration
  3. All other staff and faculty, prioritized by pre-registration status (if applicable) and by age (Note: Pre-registration closed on January 31.)
  4. Students with high-risk conditions self-disclosed during pre-registration (Note: Pre-registration closed on January 31.)
  5. Students currently on campus: residential, athletes, those with face-to-face courses
  6. Students entering clinical rotations
  7. All students not already vaccinated

At this time, vaccine deliveries to campus are unpredictable. Until the supply of vaccines stabilizes and deliveries are routinized, it is difficult to forecast a timeline for our vaccine program. We intend to offer vaccinations to all members of our campus community. This will take some time, and your patience is appreciated.

How do I schedule my appointment?

You will receive an email when you are eligible to receive the vaccine. You will be directed to click on "COVID Vaccine Appointment" that will have become available to you on the university's single sign-on page. From there, you can select the time and date that best accommodates your schedule. This link will be available to you for two weeks after you are notified that it is your turn to get vaccinated.

When making your appointment, you must use your campus email address, as CSULB is serving as a closed point of dispensing and an email not affiliated with the university will not work. You will receive an email from the reservation system confirming your appointment. Keep this email as you will need on the day of your appointment.

How do I schedule my second shot?

If you've received the first dose of the vaccine on campus, you will receive an email when it is time to schedule your second shot. The university's supply of vaccines will potentially impact the timing of your invitation to schedule the appointment for your second dose. 
When making your appointment, you must use your campus email address as CSULB is serving as a closed point of dispensing and an email not affiliated with the university will not work. You will receive an email from the reservation system confirming your appointment. Keep this email as you will need on the day of your appointment.

I pre-registered in January, but have not yet received an appointment. Has there been an error?

If you participated in the pre-registration period when it was open in January, your status as a pre-registrant remains a factor in the prioritization of your invitation to schedule an appointment.

I did not participate in pre-registration. May I still do so?

Unfortunately, pre-registration closed on January 31 and is no longer available.

My position now has in-person responsibilities. Will I now be prioritized?

If your position did not have in-person responsibilities at the time our vaccination program was planned in early January, you will be issued an invitation based on other factors described in our prioritization plan. Unfortunately, the more recent changes in your position cannot affect the timing of your vaccination invitation.

I have a high-risk health condition. How do I make this known?

Self-disclosure of a health condition that places you at higher risk was only available during the pre-registration period, which has now closed.

Can members of my family join me in receiving a vaccination?

At this time, only current members of the campus community who receive an invitation to schedule an appointment may receive a vaccination at their specified time.

What will I need to do on the day of my appointment?

On the day of your appointment, you will need to fill out the health questionnaire found on the university's single sign-on page under the link titled “COVID-19 Pre-Screen.” At your appointment, you will need to show the email with your health questionnaire results and the confirmation email with your appointment time. Bring a photo ID. You must wear a mask while on campus.

Those receiving their second dose of the vaccine should also bring their CDC COVID-19 vaccination card.

Where will I get my vaccine?

The university’s vaccine clinic will be held in the Pyramid parking structure adjacent to the Walter Pyramid on the second floor. The closest campus entrance is from Atherton Street and Merriam Way. Motorists can also enter from 7th Street and from Bellflower Boulevard. Signage will direct you to the vaccination site.

For those arriving via public transportation or from another on-campus location, there will be a vaccine station for walk-ups on the second floor of the Pyramid parking structure. To access the walk-up station, enter the Pyramid parking structure from the southeast corner, near Beach Circle, where there is an elevator and a stairwell that will take you to the second floor.

Please have a screenshot or printed copy of both the results of your campus COVID-19 pre-screen questionnaire and appointment confirmation email handy.

Who will be administering the vaccines?

Our campus's Student Health Services personnel, nursing students from throughout the CSU system and employees from a healthcare staffing agency will administer COVID-19 vaccines.

Are there other ways to get the vaccine?

We are encouraging our campus community members to get vaccinated as early as possible. All staff who work in post-secondary education facilities are eligible to receive a vaccine at a state, local and healthcare provider vaccine sites. Additionally, all employees who work at Cal State Long Beach are eligible to receive a vaccine through the city of Long Beach.

Those for whom it is more convenient to get vaccinated outside the city of Long Beach should check their local health department or municipality. These include the Orange County Health Care Agency and the County of Los Angeles Public Health.

Will the vaccine be available to community members at CSULB's distribution site?

At this time, Cal State Long Beach is serving as a closed point of dispensing for the city of Long Beach to expedite communitywide innoculation. As such, vaccines at this site are being made available only to currently enrolled students and currently employed faculty and staff.

Is the vaccine mandatory?

All members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to receive the vaccine. The university expects to require students who plan to live in student housing to receive a vaccine against COVID-19 for the fall 2021 semester.

How effective are the vaccines?  

Rigorous testing and analysis have shown the vaccine is about 95% effective in protecting its recipients from contracting COVID-19.

How is the vaccine administered?

It is administered through two injections, spaced 21 days apart. It is important that those who receive their initial vaccine return for a second dose to ensure they are fully protected from the virus.

How do vaccines protect communities?

When a person gets vaccinated against a disease, their risk of infection is reduced. As more people in a community get vaccinated, fewer people remain at risk. This will lead to fewer people falling ill, requiring hospitalization or even dying from the disease. 

What if I already had COVID-19?

Those who have already contracted COVID-19 are also encouraged to receive the vaccine because it is unclear whether an infection confers lasting immunity to those who have had the virus. Those who have contracted COVID-19 should wait 90 days after their recovery from the illness to receive a vaccine.

Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States or approved under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) uses the live virus that causes COVID-19. Vaccines teach our immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes, this process can cause symptoms, such as fever, which are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.

Where can I find more information about the vaccine?

More information on the vaccine’s safety and efficacy can be found on the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. More region-specific information can be found on the  City of Long Beach Health and Human Services  website.