COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for All Incoming Students
The COVID-19 pandemic remains a significant challenge in California and around the world. COVID-19 variants are virulent and cause of new COVID-19 infections. The university continues to place the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff at the utmost importance. Thus, SFBU implements the following safety requirements:
COVID-19 BOOSTER DOSE REQUIREMENTS
On Nov. 19, 2021, the FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved all adults to receive a booster shot six months after their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer BioNTech vaccines or a second vaccination for recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least two months after their first dose.
To help us provide high quality classes, student services, extracurricular activities, and other programs in a healthy environment, SFBU will also require that all faculty, staff and students to receive a booster dose for COVID-19 in order to attend on-campus classes, events and/or use the campus for any other reason.
Faculty, staff, and students whose vaccination series were completed more than six months ago must obtain a booster and provide written documentation to email@example.com prior to coming to campus.
COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS
Students are required to provide proof of their first dose of the vaccine before arriving on campus (with proof of the second dose also subsequently required for students who choose a 2-dose vaccine).
Please upload a copy of the proof of vaccination via your student portal or email a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org for verification upon your admittance to SFBU. Those who are in the process of being fully vaccinated will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing (in accordance with the State Public Health Officer Order of July 26, 2021) up to 72 hours prior to the entrance onto the campus. Each subsequent entrance onto the campus will require a new test if the entrance is beyond the 72-hour grace period. A copy of the test result must be uploaded or emailed to email@example.com prior to entrance onto the campus.
Only vaccines that are currently authorized and recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted (currently Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson / Janssen, AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, Sinopharm, Sinovac, COVAXIN, Covovax, Nuvaxovid, and CanSino). Information about COVID vaccinations, testing, and other related matters can be found at the Alameda County website at covid-19.acgov.org. Students may also learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines by reviewing the CDC’s Key Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines , and should consult with their medical providers if they have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.
In accordance with the law, SFBU will accommodate those who cannot be administered the COVID-19 vaccine for medical or religious reasons. Accommodations will be provided upon approval by SFBU administration. These students will be able to request an exception. The request for exemption can be made by sending a letter stating the request and the reason for the request to Judy Weng, Registrar, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals may be required to provide additional documentation and/or follow additional procedures. If approved, those students will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing (in accordance with the State Public Health Officer Order of July 26, 2021) up to 72 hours prior to the entrance onto the campus. Each subsequent entrance onto the campus will require a new test if the entrance is beyond the 72-hour grace period. A copy of the test result must be uploaded or emailed to email@example.com prior to entrance onto the campus.
Using a fake vaccine card is a federal crime. 18 U.S.C. sec. 1017 criminalizes the fraudulent or wrongful use of a government seal (in this case, that of the CDC). Please be advised that the creation or use of a fake vaccine card is a federal crime punishable with up to five years in prison.
SFBU strongly recommends and encourages the use of masks on campus. Nevertheless, mask wearing will be optional while on campus with the following exceptions.
Students are required to wear masks in classrooms.
Professors are strongly encouraged to use masks, but masks are optional while lecturing in classrooms.
Masks are required for all in the administrative area.
Masking is required for those who have been exposed to COVID-19. SFBU will continue to notify everyone of positive case exposures. In such cases, masks will be required for 10 days following the date of exposure.
Everyone should be considerate of those who may be at higher risk (age or illness), and those who simply wish to remain safe.
EATING ON CAMPUS
The Dining Hall is now open for eating. Eating is allowed only in the Dining Hall and outside Quad. Eating is not permitted in the rest of the campus. Thank you for keeping your campus clean.
REQUIREMENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Given that the COVID-19 pandemic is a frequently evolving situation, and guidance from state and local authorities changes as more information is gathered, other requirements may also apply in the future.
Students with questions about SFBU's mandatory vaccine requirement should reach out to Judy Weng at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuberculosis (TB) Testing Requirements for All Incoming Students.
As an incoming student, you will be required to undergo Tuberculosis (TB) testing prior to arriving on campus. The purpose is to maintain a healthy and safe campus for the SFBU community. You will need to visit your primary care physician or a clinician prior to arriving at SFBU. Please note there are two (2) forms to fill out.
The first form, titled “Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment”, needs to be filled out by your medical provider. If your doctor answers “Yes” on any of the questions, he/she will need to complete the second form, titled “Clinical Tuberculosis Assessment by Health Care Provider”. In addition, please attach copies of laboratory reports and chest x-rays (if applicable) to the completed form. Failure to do so may cause your form to be incomplete and you will not be able to register for classes.
Once the forms are complete, please upload them to your applicant/student portal. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com. Before submitting your questions, please see below for Frequently Asked Questions.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q1: What if my doctor will not fill out this form?
Please urge your doctor to fill out this form and state that your university requires this form to be completed. At the very least, your doctor should provide his/her own form along with the medical records attached.
Q2: What if I had a TB test done recently?
Unless you have had a TB test done in the one month preceding the date of your acceptance to SFBU, you will still need to complete another TB test. If you had a TB evaluation done in the last month, please submit the testing report to firstname.lastname@example.org. SFBU administration will review the report to determine if it is sufficient. Please do not submit reports older than one month prior to the date of this letter.
Q3: What if I cannot schedule a doctor’s appointment in time before reporting to SFBU?
You will need to have your TB evaluation immediately when you arrive. Please note that the TB evaluation takes about one to two weeks to complete. You will not be able to register for courses until you complete your TB evaluation.
Q4: If I was born in the United States and never left the country or a permanent resident/U.S. Citizen, will I still have to be tested?
Please have your doctor fill out the “Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment” form to determine if you need to be tested.
Pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Section 120397, you are being notified about the risks of meningococcal disease.
What you should know about meningococcal disease
- It is a serious illness caused by bacteria that can infect the blood or areas around the brain and spinal cord. Infection can lead to brain damage, disability, and rapid death. Meningitis is the most common form of meningococcal disease. Common symptoms of meningitis include stiff neck, headache, and high fever.
- Meningococcal vaccines can help prevent meningococcal disease
- Check with your health care provider about meningococcal vaccines you need.
How many people get the disease? Who is likely to get it?
- Meningococcal disease is rare but serious. About 1,000 people in the US get meningococcal disease each year. After infancy, older adolescents and young adults have the highest rate of meningococcal disease. College freshman living in dorms are particularly at risk.
How serious is it?
- About one in ten people who get meningococcal disease will die from it even if treated. Up to one in five survivors will lose a limb, become deaf, suffer brain damage, or have other complications.
How are Meningococcal Bacteria spread?
- The bacteria are spread from person to person through air droplets. Close contact such as kissing, coughing, smoking, and living in crowded conditions (like dorms) can increase your risk of getting the disease.
- Overall, 5-10% of the U.S. population has the meningococcal bacteria in their throat, but only a few of them get sick. No one knows why some people get sick and others do not.
How can I protect myself?
- You can protect yourself by:
- Not sharing items that have touched someone else’s mouth, such as cups, bottles, cigarettes, lip balm, and eating utensils;
- Not smoking; and
- Getting vaccinated against meningococcal disease
- Check with your health care provider about which meningococcal vaccines you need.
What Meningococcal Vaccines Should I Get?
- MCV4 vaccine protects against four deadly types of meningitis. If you have not received a dose since your 16th birthday, make sure to get it now.
- MenB vaccine protects against the most common cause of bacterial meningitis among teens and young adults. In recent years Men B outbreaks have occurred at UC Santa Barbara, the University of Oregon, and Princeton University. Ask your doctor if you should get it.
For more information about meningococcal disease, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html