FDA approval of vaccine and CSU vaccine information

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Email sent to university community Aug. 23

Dear students, faculty and staff,

Earlier today, the Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use, making it the first COVID vaccine to complete the standard process for vaccine approval for medical products (see information in the FDA announcement.)

As you know, President McConnell, Provost Pedersen and the Pandemic Preparedness Team mandated vaccines for all students, faculty and staff earlier this month (also see this email).  

  • The University’s vaccine mandate has not changed with the FDA approval. All students, faculty and staff are required to either be vaccinated or declare an exemption, and provide the university with that information. You may log into either the student or employee portal at any time to update or change your information.
  • The university will continue to recognize all World Health Organization approved vaccines to meet this requirement.
  • Exemptions for medical and non-medical reasons will continue to be available.
  • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated (at least two weeks past final vaccine dose) is required to screen twice a week. For information about screening, see the COVID site screening page.
  • If you have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine, please share your current vaccine record in the student or employee portal so that we will know you are in progress to meeting the requirement. You can update your record after you have received your second dose.
  • See these FAQs for more information about masks, vaccines, exemptions, screening and other public health guidance at CSU this fall.

To date, many of our students and employees have provided their vaccine information. As of this morning:

  • More than 21,500 CSU students are fully vaccinated. This does not include an additional 1,000 students have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine. This number only includes students who are enrolled at CSU for fall 2021 semester (CSU Online only students are not included in this number).
  • 7,341 employees, or 83.7 percent of all employees, have submitted their vaccine status. This does include employees working across the nation in various university capacities, as well as employees on sabbatical or who are working 100 percent remote.

There are on-campus opportunities to get a vaccine. See more information on our COVID website.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support of our efforts to keep you each healthy. If you have additional questions about fall public health guidance, be sure to check out this overview and these FAQs, which we will continue to update this fall.

Thank you,

CSU Pandemic Preparedness Team