COVID-19 Vaccine


Get Vaccines and Boosters on Campus

COVID-19 Vaccine, Boosters, Flu Vaccine in October

October Dates

Rite Aid is returning to campus to administer COVID-19 and flu vaccines in the Main Gym Lobby of the Cal Poly Recreation Center (No. 43, Room 101). The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22; Monday, Oct. 25; and Friday, Oct. 29. A link to make appointments is below. Walk-ins also will be accepted.

Flu Shots
Flu shots are available to the entire campus community, including students, staff and faculty. The COVID-19 vaccine is only available to Cal Poly employees. Students needing a COVID-19 vaccine should make an appointment at Campus Health and Wellbeing.
Vaccines and Boosters
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available. Rite Aid will also offer Pfizer and Moderna booster shots to individuals who have received the original two-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and completed their primary series at least six months ago. That includes:
  • Individuals 65 and older.
  • Individuals 18 through 64 with underlying medical conditions.
  • Individuals over 18 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to their occupational or institutional setting. The CDC includes education staff among workers who may get Pfizer boosters.

Those who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for a booster shot if they are 18 and older and were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. The CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix-and-match dosing for booster shots only.

Make an Appointment

Use this link and then enter the specific code for the day and type of vaccine you would like. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccine codes are applicable to any dose when making an appointment, including a booster shot (you'll see "Dose 1" when you make an appointment). If you would like a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu shot, make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine and tell staff upon arrival that you'd also like the flu vaccine. The clinic name is Cal Poly.

October 22
Oct. 22, Flu: UJHAN
Oct. 22, Moderna: DITFQ
Oct. 22, Pfizer: CTHFO
October 25
Flu: ELAHV
Moderna: QXAXO
Pfizer: EXBLO
October 29
Flu: SADNS
Moderna: GWLTN
Pfizer: UXRGO

What to Bring

For Vaccines
For the COVID-19 vaccine, bring a photo ID, your insurance card and your vaccination card if getting your second dose or booster shot. You can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine if you do not have insurance or a photo ID (confirmation of age is required for booster shots, however). Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is free.
For Flu Vaccine
For the flu vaccine, bring your insurance card (most insurance companies cover the flu shot). You can get a flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time.
Consent Form
To speed the process, fill out the vaccine consent form (PDF) ahead of time and bring it with you. Copies will also be provided at the clinic.

Student Vaccination Requirements

Currently enrolled students must record their COVID-19 vaccination status or declare a medical or religious exemption.

All students, staff, faculty must comply with the California State University's (CSU) policy. The policy will go into effect whether the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends the vaccines for all uses, or continues with the current emergency-use authorizations.

Students are required to complete ongoing testing until they are fully vaccinated (14 days after their second vaccination for Pfizer or Moderna or 14 days after their Johnson and Johnson vaccination). An email is sent to students who are required to complete ongoing testing once they are considered fully vaccinated and are no longer part of the required-testing group.

Get more information on the CSU's COVID-19 vaccination requirement.


Uploading Vaccination Records

Students who have received all necessary doses of their COVID-19 vaccine (one dose for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine; two doses for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines) can upload their vaccination records with Campus Health and Wellbeing. Cal Poly will also accept COVID-19 vaccinations that are recognized by the World Health Organization. Uploading records will satisfy the CSU’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

  • How to upload: Students can upload their vaccination records through the Cal Poly Portal or the COVID-19 Vaccination Status Declaration once they have received their final dose. Students who received the COVID-19 vaccine through Campus Health and Wellbeing's Student Vaccination Clinic on campus don't need to upload their records but will need to confirm their information in the COVID-19 Vaccination Status Declaration system.
  • Lost your card? Contact the Public Health Department in the county in which you received your vaccination to request a copy.

Student Vaccination FAQs

Why is the CSU implementing this requirement prior to the federal government lifting the Emergency Use Authorization status for COVID-19 vaccines?

The CSU announced the vaccine requirement in July due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases from the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant. Announcing the requirement in July allows members of the Cal Poly community to as we head into fall term.

On Aug. 23, the FDA fully approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people ages 16 and older. The Pfizer vaccine will now be marketed as Comirnaty.

Who is required to comply with the CSU’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement?

All faculty, staff and enrolled students accessing any campus facilities are required to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Are students who are participating in summer research, programs such as Quarter Plus or Week of Welcome required to comply?

Yes, students must follow these guidelines.

What do students need to do and by when?

All enrolled students must record their vaccination status or submit a religious or medical exemption in the COVID-19 Vaccination Status Declaration. Students can also access their vaccination status declaration on the “COVID-19 Info” tab in your student portal.

Are there sanctions in place for students who fail to comply with this requirement?

Any student who does not comply may be denied access to university facilities and/or programs (on- or off-campus), which includes in-person classes and off-campus internships or clinical experiences. If the health and safety of members of the campus community are jeopardized, students may be subject to the university’s student discipline process. Details about this will be announced in early September.

What happens if I am not fully vaccinated or claim a religious or medical exemption?

Students who are not fully vaccinated, including those who claim a religious or medical exemption, may be required to participate in ongoing COVID-19 testing throughout the academic year, wear face coverings in all indoor settings, including residence halls. Details will be shared with students by early September and may be subject to changes throughout the academic year. Please note that depending on public health conditions and vaccination rates, participation in some campus activities may require vaccinations.

Are there other requirements for students to complete prior to starting fall term?

Yes. All students, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of moving into a campus residence hall or apartment or attending your first day of in-person classes, whichever comes first.

How do I change or update my status?

If your status changes, you can update your information.

 

Medical Information

Which vaccines are accepted to verify my vaccination status?

The FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine (two doses) on Aug. 23 for people 16 and older. The Moderna (two doses) and Johnson Johnson (one dose) vaccines remain available under an emergency use authorization. Cal Poly will also accept COVID-19 vaccinations that are recognized by the World Health Organization.

When is someone considered fully vaccinated?

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their last dose of vaccine. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccine regimens require a gap of three and four weeks respectively between doses, and recipients become fully vaccinated two weeks later.

I’ve already tested positive for COVID-19. Do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes, you will still need to get vaccinated. The university policy does not allow for exemptions for those who have had COVID-19, and public health officials recommend vaccination for people who have previously tested positive for COVID-19.

I tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days and am unvaccinated. Can I still move in/access campus?

If you had COVID-19 within the last 90 days and have been cleared from isolation, you should upload your test results to the COVID-19 info tab of the portal and respond to the vaccination status declaration that you either plan to get vaccinated by the September deadline or request a medical or religious exemption.

If you plan to get vaccinated, you can do so after you have recovered from COVID-19, usually after 10 days. You do not need to wait to request a medical or religious exemption. You may be required to participate in additional public health and safety measures such as regular testing.

If you were recently diagnosed with COVID-19 and are under an isolation order, you should isolate at your permanent location and not travel to campus.

If medical experts determine in the future that boosters are required, will the new CSU policy also require proof of boosters?

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and the CSU will continue to review the guidance from local, state, federal and global health agencies and revise the policy as needed based on the goal of maintaining the health and well-being of all members of the campus community.

What will happen to me if I am unable to get the second vaccine in time to be fully immunized before I go to campus?

This should not be a problem as ample time has been built in to allow for both shots and the two weeks following. In the rare event that an individual has not completed the vaccination process, they may be required to participate in additional public health and safety measures.

Employee Vaccination Requirements

Employees must enter their vaccination status on their Cal Poly Portal.

Employees can click on the COVID-19 Info tab on the Cal Poly Portal to submit their vaccination status. Employees who are employed by more than one campus entities must submit their status to each employer. Employees who are not yet fully vaccinated must wait until after they are fully vaccinated to access the Cal Poly Portal and submit vaccination information.

State Employees

  • Log into your portal and go to the COVID-19 Info tab at the top.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, you will be asked to declare or self-attest that you are fully vaccinated by selecting the first option.
  • If your physician has verified that you qualify for a medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, you should select the medical exemption option. Please note that employees who submit a medical exemption from the vaccine requirement are not requesting a disability accommodation. In order to request a disability accommodation, please visit Human Resources Disability Accommodation.
  • If you qualify for a religious exemption, you should select the religious exemption option.
  • If you were hired into a fully remote work assignment that means you will not be accessing campus or CSU facilities at any time, you may select that option in the vaccine attestation portal. Please note that this option is not designed for employees who are telecommuting and who may be called back to campus on short notice. Instead, it is limited to those employees whose positions are designated as fully remote.

After you submit your vaccination information, you may verify your submission by reselecting the vaccination button on the portal's COVID-19 Info tab.

Cal Poly Corporation and Associated Students, Incorporated Employees

  • Log into your portal and to go the COVID-19 Info tab at the top.
  • Please click the link for your organization and follow the instructions on the documents you are directed to.

Cal Poly Corporation and ASI employees should contact their respective HR departments with questions. For portal access or other technical questions contact the ITS Help Desk.

Medical Information

Which vaccines are accepted to verify my vaccination status?

The FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine (two doses) on Aug. 23 for people 16 and older. The Moderna (two doses) and Johnson & Johnson (one dose) vaccines remain available under an emergency use authorization. Cal Poly will also accept COVID-19 vaccinations that are recognized by the World Health Organization.

When is someone considered fully vaccinated?

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their last dose of vaccine. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccine regimens require a gap of three and four weeks respectively between doses, and recipients become fully vaccinated two weeks later.

I’ve already tested positive for COVID. Do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes, you will still need to get vaccinated. The university policy does not allow for exemptions for those who have had COVID-19, and public health officials recommend vaccination for people who have previously tested positive for COVID-19.

If medical experts determine in the future that boosters are required, will the new CSU policy also require proof of boosters?

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and the CSU will continue to review the guidance from local, state, federal and global health agencies and revise the policy as needed based on the goal of maintaining the health and well-being of all members of the campus community.

What will happen to me if I am unable to get the second vaccine in time to be fully immunized before I go to campus?

This should not be a problem as ample time has been built in to allow for both shots and the two weeks following. In the rare event that an individual has not completed the vaccination process, they may be required to participate in additional public health and safety measures.

Will visitors to campus, contractors, food vendors, etc. be required to get vaccinated?

Contractors who access campus are asked to ensure their employees comply with this policy prior to accessing campus. Visitors are required to comply with other safety measures such as wearing face coverings indoors.


Local Vaccine Appointments

COVID-19 vaccine appointments are free and don't require information about the recipient's immigration status. Do you live outside of SLO County? Find your community’s COVID-19 page

Vaccine Appointments at the Health Center — Students Only

Campus Health and Wellbeing offers a limited number of COVID-19 vaccine appointments to Cal Poly students at the Health Center (Bldg. 27) on campus. Learn how to make an appointment.

Myturn.ca.gov Appointment System — Everyone 12 and Older

Find free first- or second-dose vaccination appointments through your local public health department offices, some local pharmacies and other local providers.

  • Find an appointment: Use the state's My Turn system or call (833) 422-4255 to schedule a first-dose or second-dose appointment anywhere in the state.
  • What to bring: Bring a photo ID that confirms your birth date. If possible, print your completed screening form. If you're coming for your second dose, bring your COVID-19 vaccination card.
  • Questions: Getting vaccinated is free, does not involve health insurance, and does not require information about a person's immigration status. If you have any questions about the My Turn system, call (833) 422-4255.

Local Pharmacies — Everyone 12 and Older

  • Find an appointment: search your zip code on vaccines.gov to find appointments at local pharmacies and other sites.
  • What to bring: contact pharmacies directly to confirm what documentation or insurance information you may need to bring to your appointment. If you're coming for your second dose, bring your COVID-19 vaccination card.

Transportation to Vaccination Appointments

Public Transportation: SLO Transit buses offer routes in San Luis Obispo that can connect you to regional transit and is free to students with a PolyCard. SLO County's Regional Transit Authority (SLORTA) offers services throughout San Luis Obispo County.

Car Rentals: Campus community members can rent a ZipCar on campus by the hour seven days a week. Cal Poly students get discounted rates and can rent at a minimum age of 18.

Ridesharing Apps: Check Uber and Lyft for current vaccination ride promotions. Individuals can request rides through these respective apps, though these programs are not associated with or administered by Cal Poly.


Facts About the Vaccines

On Aug. 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer vaccine for people 16 and older. Two COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use, from Johnson and Johnson and Moderna. Explore up-to-date information from reliable sources, including those listed here:


Continue to Do Your Part

As we begin fall quarter, everyone in the Cal Poly community can recommit to the measures that protect our health and wellbeing.

  • Vaccination: All faculty staff and students on campus must vaccinate or claim an exemption.
  • Face Coverings: Everyone — including visitors — are  required to wear a mask indoors on campus, except when doing so would be unsafe or impractical, or while alone in a private residence or office. Instructional faculty who are vaccinated may choose to wear a face shield and drape while teaching.
  • Testing: Free, on-campus testing will be available for unvaccinated, asymptomatic students, faculty, and staff beginning early September. Enrolled students experiencing symptoms can access testing through Campus Health and Wellbeing by calling 805-756-1211. SLO County also has a number of free testing locations.
  • Hygiene: Continue following good pandemic hygiene, including regularly washing or sanitizing hands and wearing personal protective equipment as appropriate.

Get more information on San Luis Obispo County’s public health response to COVID-19.

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