Vaccination FAQs


Vaccination FAQs
Effective Jan. 6, 2022, proof of vaccination required

Why are you requiring visitors be vaccinated?

COVID-19 daily cases and community transmission remain high and are increasing in the Sacramento region. At the California Museum, providing a safe environment for all visitors, volunteers and staff is our greatest priority. Public health authorities uniformly recommend widespread vaccination as an important tool to save lives and to protect vulnerable community members, including individuals who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and children under age five who are ineligible for vaccines.

What qualifies as vaccinated?

An individual is considered fully vaccinated 14 or more days after completing the entire recommended series of vaccination. Currently, that means an individual is considered fully vaccinated at least two weeks after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or two weeks after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. A booster dose is not currently required.

Who must show proof of vaccination?

Individuals 12 years of age and older. An individual who recently turned 12 years old must show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination beginning eight weeks after their 12th birthday.

What are acceptable forms of proof of vaccination?

  • A vaccination card issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or similar documentation issued by another foreign governmental agency, such as the World Health Organization.
  • A photocopy of a vaccination card or a photograph displayed on a phone or electronic device.
  • A personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by the State of California, or similar documentation issued by another state, local, or foreign governmental jurisdiction. You can download your State of California vaccine record at

Who must show a photo ID?

All individuals age 18+ must show a photo ID along with their proof of vaccination.

What forms of photo ID do you accept?

Acceptable forms of identification are:

  • Driver’s License
  • Government Identification
  • School or Work Identification
  • Passport

Do students on field trips need to show proof of vaccination?

No, students on a reserved field trip during non-public hours do not need to show proof of vaccination.

What if there’s a medical or religious reason I can’t get vaccinated?

Visitors with a valid medical or religious exemption may show proof of negative COVID-19 test in place of a vaccination record, plus a photo ID. Alternatively, we invite unvaccinated visitors to enjoy our online exhibits and virtual programs.

What is acceptable proof of a negative COVID-19 test?

Test results must be a printed document or an email displayed on a phone from a test provider or laboratory that shows results of a PCR COVID-19 test that was conducted within 48 hours before entry or results of an antigen COVID-19 test that was conducted within 24 hours before entry. The document must include the person’s name, type of test performed, date of the test, and negative test result. Self-tests/at-home tests are not accepted.