As the new Spring 2022 semester approaches at California State University of Bakersfield, students will be returning to campus to attend their face-to-face classes; due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Kern County, there will be vaccinations and COVID testing available for the safety of faculty, staff, and students.
Kern Family Health Care will be sponsoring six COVID-19 vaccination clinics on CSUB’s campus. Although students, faculty, and staff will be prioritized, the public is welcome to receive their vaccines or COVID-19 testing.
Currently, all CSUB students, faculty, and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have requested a medical or religious exemption. Having these resources on campus makes it easier for those that can’t make it anywhere else but must attend campus.
Before coming onto the campus, it is necessary to take the COVID-19 health screening—which can be accessed on the CSUB mobile app or website.
For those wanting vaccinations, availability will be every Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.. Located in The Albertson Room inside the Dore Theatre. You can choose to receive either the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Appointments may be made at www.myturn.ca.gov to reserve a time at the CSUB location by entering 93311 in the ZIP code field. Walk-ins are also accepted.
For COVID-19 testing, the current test being administered is a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, which is the best diagnostic test type. If you test before 1 p.m. results should be emailed to you that evening. If you take the test after 1 p.m., results should be emailed to you the following evening. Located in the Stockdale Room inside the Runner Café. Only CSUB students, faculty, and staff have access to testing.
After a few semesters of virtual learning and teaching, the return to campus is not going to be easy for all. These resources will help those returning feel safer and more comfortable by taking advantage of these vaccine requirements and availability of testing throughout the week.
Rodrigo Rios, an Academic Advisor at the Business Public and Administration states, “As a faculty member, I would like to see proof from a student that they are negative when I am going to meet with them for an advising appointment.”
On the COVID-19 testing page it states “Let’s remain vigilant and continue to test for the virus. Together, we can maintain a safe and healthy campus environment.”.
It reassures students and faculty that they are trying their best to make the campus a healthy environment this semester and continuing for the future.