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Frequently Asked Questions

Immunizations

 

COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine at Student Health Services?
    At this time, the COVID-19 vaccine is not available at Student Health Services. Visit https://myturn.ca.gov/ to check your eligibility and schedule a vaccine appointment.
  • I already had COVID-19, do I still need to get the vaccine?
    Yes, it is still recommended for everyone to get the vaccine even if previously infected with COVID-19. It is also mandatory for all students who will be living in housing to have at least one dose of the following approved vaccines by June 15, 2021:
    • Pfizer-BioNTech (2 doses; 2nd dose administered 21 days later)
    • Moderna (2 doses; 2nd dose administered 28 days later)
    • Johnson & Johnson (1 dose only)
  • Can I submit an antibody test for COVID-19 instead of getting the vaccine?
    No, antibody tests will not be accepted.
  • Can I get COVID-19 from the COVID-19 vaccine?
    No, it is not possible to get COVID-19 from the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Can I get an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine?
    • Medical exemption requests must be completed by a board certified, licensed physician (MD, DO), Physician Assistant (PA), or Nurse Practitioner (NP) using the approved Medical Exemption Request form. Students requesting a medical exemption must submit the completed Medical Exemption Request form to BMAC at bmac@csulb.edu.
    • Religious exemption requests will only be considered for the COVID-19 vaccine and must be submitted to the Office of Equity & Diversity at oed@csulb.edu.

Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)

  • I got individual doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, is that still sufficient?
    Yes, as long as each dose was after your first birthday and you received two doses of each.
  • I got the first dosage of MMR before my first birthday, what do I do?
    You have the option of either checking your titers or receiving a third dose.

Varicella (Chickenpox)

  • If I had Chickenpox as a child does that mean I am cleared for the Varicella requirement?
    No, even if you had Chickenpox as child, you still need to get a laboratory tests to show proof of immunity (titers).
  • I only got the laboratory test to show proof of immunity (titer) for Varicella, is that sufficient?
    Yes, if the titer is positive, that will satisfy the Varicella immunity requirement.
  • I got the first dose of Varicella before my first birthday, what do I do?
    You have the option of either checking your titer or receiving a third dose of Varicella vaccine.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap)

  • I got Td/DTP/Dtap, does that satisfy the Tdap requirement?
    No. To satisfy the requirement, you must have received Tdap on or after the age of 7.
  • Do you allow laboratory test to show proof of immunity (titer) for Tdap?
    No, we only accept the vaccine on or after the age of 7.
  • I got Tdap before my 7th birthday, what do I do?
    You will need to get another Tdap vaccine to satisfy the requirement.

Meningitis ACY-W (Menactra or Menveo)

  • I got the Meningitis B vaccine (Trumemba or Bexsero). Does that satisfy the requirement?
    No. You must receive a dose of Menactra or Menveo (Meningitis ACW-Y/MCV4) on or after the age of 16.
  • Do you allow laboratory tests to show proof of immunity (titer) for Meningitis ACY-W?
    No. We only accept documentation of the vaccine on or after the age of 16.
  • I got the Meningitis ACY-W vaccine before my 16th birthday, what do I do?
    You will need another dose of the Meningitis ACY-W vaccine to satisfy the requirement.

Meningitis B (Trumenba or Bexsero)

  • I received Menactra/Menveo. Does that satisfy the Meningitis B requirement?
    No. You must receive all doses of Trumemba (3 doses) or Bexsero (2 doses) to satisfy the Meningitis B requirement.
  • Do you allow laboratory tests to show proof of immunity (titer) for Meningitis B?
    No. We only accept documentation of either Trumemba or Bexsero.

Tuberculosis

  • I did a Tuberculosis skin test/T-Spot/Quantiferon Gold/Chest X-Ray in the past, do I still have to complete the Tuberculosis Risk Questionnaire in the Patient Portal?
    Yes, all incoming students are required to complete the Tuberculosis Risk Questionnaire in the Patient Portal.
  • What if I had the BCG vaccine for Tuberculosis?
    You a required to submit result of a T-Spot or Quantiferon Gold or Chest X-Ray within 1 year of entry into CSULB to confirm that you do not have active Tuberculosis (TB).

Can I get immunizations at SHS?

  • All incoming students must submit proof of the required immunizations listed under "My Requirements" by the compliance date. Immunizations are available for purchase at Student Health Services and prices are subject to change without notice.
  • Students are able to purchase Immunizations at Student Health Services on or after the first day of the Fall semester, August 16, 2021. Please note, we do not accept or bill insurance.
Immunization Price*
MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) $77.25 per dose
Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) $37.25 per dose
Varicella (Chickenpox) $140.00 per dose
Hepatitis B $47.00 per dose
Meningitis ACY-W (Menactra) $118.25 per dose
Meningitis B (Bexsero) $155.25 per dose
COVID-19 Vaccine Unavailable at Student Health Services. Visit https://myturn.ca.gov/ to check your eligibility and schedule a vaccine appointment.

*Prices are subject to change without notice.


Document Submission

Is it required to upload my documents to the Patient Portal?

  • Yes, uploading documents to the Patient Portal is required to comply with the immunization requirement.
  • No records will be accepted by mail, email, fax, or in person.
  • Exceptions

Can I mail in my immunization records and be cleared?

No records will be accepted by mail; all documentation must be uploaded into the Patient Portal

My records are in another language. Do they need to be translated into English?

It is required that you submit your records in English. If we cannot interpret your records, you may need to take further steps, such as getting laboratory tests to show proof of immunity (titers) or immunizations at the CSULB Student Health Services. Please note that titers will only be accepted for MMR, Varicella, and Hepatitis B (if applicable).


Deadline/ Compliance

 

What is the deadline for completing the immunization requirements?

  • The deadline for all continuing and incoming Fall 2021 students to show proof of immunization requirements has been extended to July 15, 2021.
  • All students who will be living in housing will need to show proof of at least one dose of the following COVID-19 vaccines by June 15, 2021:
    • Pfizer/Bio Tech (2nd dose administered 21 days later)
    • Moderna (2nd dose administered 28 days later)
    • Johnson & Johnson (1 dose only)

Can I get an extension on the deadline?

If you have extenuating circumstances and are having difficulty, please contact Student Health Services administration at 562.985.2208.

Will I get a confirmation email once I fulfill the requirements?

No, you will not receive a confirmation email, but you can check the status in the Patient Portal.


Exemptions

 

Can I request a personal belief or religious belief exemption?

No. Only medical exemptions are allowed. Students with a medical condition which is a contraindication to vaccination for the following vaccines: (MMR, Varicella, Tdap, or Meningitis) will need to have this Medical Exemption Request Form - PDF completed by a board certified, licensed physician (MD, DO), Physician Assistant (PA), or Nurse Practitioner (NP).

How do I submit my Medical Exemption Request form?

  • Print this Medical Exemption Request Form - PDF and bring it to your provider to complete. Only this approved Medical Exemption Request form will be accepted.
  • Your provider must be a board certified, licensed physician (MD, DO), Physician Assistant (PA), or Nurse Practitioner (NP) to complete the form.
  • Bring the completed form to Student Health Services or email it to SHS-Vaccine@csulb.edu
  • Medical exemption requests are reviewed by the Chief of Medical Staff and updated manually by SHS staff.

Do I need to comply with the immunization requirements if I am a former CSULB undergraduate and now entering graduate school?

Yes. All incoming students will need to comply -- even if you previously attended CSULB.


Financial Hardship

If you have a financial hardship with immunizations, please complete the Financial Hardship Form and specify which immunizations you need. You will be contacted by a Student Health Services staff member within 48-72 hours.