Cal State Long Beach is among the educational institutions in the region that will begin to receive shipments of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks.
Vaccinations that are administered on campus will be available only to CSULB students, faculty and staff.
Public health recommendations are subject to change and this FAQ will be updated regularly to reflect the most recent guidance.
Below are answers to some questions you may have about the upcoming rollout.
How do I sign up to receive the vaccine?
Members of the campus community may sign up online. Those who register will be provided specific information at a later date about when and where they may receive their vaccination shots.
In what order will members of the campus community who sign up be scheduled to receive the vaccine?
This prioritization for campus vaccination distribution was informed by current public health guidance:
- Essential personnel working on campus
- Staff and faculty over the age of 65 or with other high-risk conditions
- All staff and faculty not already vaccinated
- Students with high risk conditions
- Students currently on campus: residential, athletes, face-to-face courses
- Students entering clinical rotations
- All students not already vaccinated
How do I schedule my appointment?
If you have pre-registered, 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 be come available to you on the university's single sign-on page. From there, you can select the time and date that best accomodates your schedule. When making your appointment, you must use your campus email address as CSULB is serving as a closed point of distrubtion 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.
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.
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 students, faculty, and staff.
Is the vaccine mandatory?
The vaccine will likely be required for student-athletes and those in on-campus housing as policies are developed.
How effective is the Moderna vaccine?
Rigorous testing and analysis have shown the vaccine is 95% effective in protecting its recipients from contracting COVID-19.
How is the vaccine administered?
It is administered through two injections, spaced 28 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.