Dear SDSU community,

Both the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems announced today that all students, faculty and staff, including auxiliary employees and on campus contractors will be required to be fully immunized against COVID-19 to access campus facilities this fall.

The CSU, of which SDSU is part, has indicated two important conditions: This requirement is contingent upon full approval of one or more vaccines by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA), and adequate availability of fully approved vaccines.

The CSU indicated that the vaccine requirement will become effective at the beginning of the fall 2021 term, or upon full FDA approval of the vaccine, whichever occurs later.

In announcing the requirement, CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro shared the following:


“Together, the CSU and UC enroll and employ more than one million students and employees across 33 major university campuses, so this is the most comprehensive and consequential university plan for COVID-19 vaccines in the country. Consistent with previous CSU announcements related to the university’s response to the pandemic, we are sharing this information now to give students, their families and our employees ample time to make plans to be vaccinated prior to the start of the fall term.” 

- CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro


SDSU, in alignment with the CSU, has a long history of existing immunization requirements, and is committed to keeping our campus community informed as this new policy guidance is developed. For now, and as we have for months, we continue to encourage everyone at SDSU to seek a vaccine appointment as soon as you are able to do so.


Options for Getting Vaccinated Today

SDSU is proud to host a county-run vaccination site at Viejas Arena, where close to 1,000 vaccines are being administered each day. Many options exist for you to be vaccinated today:

  • Select an appointment and get vaccinated directly on campus at SDSU’s Viejas Arena. The County of San Diego is offering vaccines appointments at Viejas Arena Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Request an appointment through a different county site. You have options in the County of San Diego and Imperial County.

  • Contact your primary care physician or other health care provider to inquire about COVID-19 vaccines and appointments.

  • Sign up for an appointment at any of the dozens of clinics, pharmacies or one of the stores offering vaccines, including Ralphs, Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions, CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid.

  • Use VaccineFinder to locate a COVID vaccine near you.

More information about COVID-19 vaccines and ongoing testing is available on our university’s COVID-19 website.


Next Steps

The CSU shared that it will engage the California State Student Association, the CSU Academic Senate and labor unions before implementing any changes to the CSU’s existing immunization requirements.

The CSU has indicated that students, faculty and staff will be permitted to seek an exception this fall to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, to include an exemption for medical reasons. We do not yet have more specific details about exceptions, as guidelines are currently being developed. We will continue to keep our SDSU community informed as more information becomes available about the vaccine requirement, and continue to update our COVID-19 website.

Vaccines are proven to be effective and are shown to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This holds great promise in allowing us to engage in more activities once individuals are fully vaccinated. Together, we will keep our SDSU and broader communities safe by adhering to public health guidelines. We thank you all for continuing to take great care of yourselves and one another.

Adela de la Torre, Ph.D.
San Diego State University President

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

Christian J. Holt
Associated Students President


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