Vaccines and Vaccination Status
The University System of Georgia recognizes COVID-19 vaccines offer safe, effective protection and urges all students, faculty, staff and visitors to get vaccinated either on campus or with a local provider. CSU and other USG institutions will continue to ensure vaccine availability to students, faculty and staff either through on-campus vaccination clinics or in partnership with local providers. Institutions are not responsible for assessing current COVID-19 vaccination rates for their institution.
All students and employees are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 vaccine; however, CSU and other USG institutions do not require students or employees to be fully vaccinated for the fall semester. No student or employee should be treated differently based on their COVID-19 vaccination status. Furthermore, students and employees should not be asked about their vaccination status or segregated in their learning or work environments based on their vaccination status.
Employees yet to be vaccinated may consider using COVID-19 Vaccine Leave in order to receive the vaccine or if they experience side effects from receiving the vaccine.
Per the USG, individuals' verified vaccination status can be used to determine if they should quarantine after a close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 or presenting symptoms of COVID-19. A person's COVID-19 vaccination record may be requested by the COVID-19 Response Team and/or CSU's Student Health Center in order to determine if quarantine is necessary. Providing COVID-19 vaccination records may allow a quarantine directive to be avoided.
Our university community continues to include some individuals who are unable to be vaccinated due to their personal health situations. For those reasons, they will continue wearing face coverings and may request physical distancing options in class or work situations, where these are possible. Others may continue wearing face coverings and physically distance themselves when possible as an added layer of precaution or in support of others who are unvaccinated.
Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Scenarios
Persons whose fully vaccinated status can be verified:
- may be exempt from quarantine requirements if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, but they themselves are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- are not required to be tested for COVID-19 if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, unless they themselves develop COVID-19 symptoms.
Persons whose vaccination status cannot be verified or who are unvaccinated:
- and have been in direct contact (within six feet of the positive person for more than 15 cumulative minutes) will be directed to quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure.
- Exposed persons who track their health and remain symptom-free may be approved to return to class or work from quarantine earlier than originally required.
Persons testing positive for COVID-19:
- will be directed to isolate for 10 days from the date of symptom on-set or a positive test, regardless of their vaccination status.