Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

ACTION Required: New COVID-19 policies for January 2022

Dear UCSF Community,

Just last week, I wrote to you about the rapid spread of Omicron, which is becoming the dominant COVID-19 virus in the U.S.  I write today to update you on new policy changes as we work as health care leaders to protect our patients, families, and each other. 

Effective immediately, UCSF staff, faculty, and learners must follow these updated policies:

Booster vaccinations are now required by January 31 (deadline extended)

All eligible UCSF staff, faculty, and learners are required to receive a booster vaccination by January 31, 2022.

  • To learn about scheduling a booster shot appointment, providing proof of vaccination from a non-UCSF provider, and other information, visit the Vaccine Information Hub.
  • The UCSF deadline has been extended to align with a recent update to UC policy.

COVID-19 testing in January for on-site workers and learners

To respond to the potential impact of the holiday season, we strongly encourage testing for everyone returning to on-site work in January and for travelers.  The enhanced testing protocol below will be in place for the first half of January.

  • When on-site workers and learners report to work in January, they will be asked to take two COVID-19 tests a few days apart.
  • The first test should be taken on-site on the first day of work in the new year on/after January 1.  A second test should be taken 3-5 days after the first test.
  • The UCSF Daily Health Screener will provide on-site workers instructions on easy access to testing when they report to work as usual.
  • Those who travel out of state are required to get tested within 24 hours of entering UCSF facilities for on-site work.  A second test should be taken 3-5 days after the first test, consistent with the overall testing policy.

In-person events limited to 100 people

  • The in-person events policy is now limited to 100 people until further notice.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed, and all attendees must wear masks.

Omicron has proven to be, by far, the most transmissible COVID-19 variant and is causing a record number of infections.  The above policies will help us reduce the spread of infection in our community and safeguard our ability to serve those who depend on us.  We recognize that the rapidly changing situation and our response to it, is challenging for everyone. Thank you for supporting these policies and continuing to serve as leaders in health and health care. 

All the very best to you and yours during this holiday season.


Josh Adler, MD
Chief Clinical Officer
UCSF Health