Campus Messages

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

Booster Shots and Daily Health Screener

Dear Colleagues,

I write to convey two important updates. First, all UCSF employees and learners are eligible and strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 booster shot. Second, beginning today, the UCSF daily health screener is being updated to better enforce the use of this important tool.

Booster Shots

As the winter holidays approach and we gather with family and friends indoors, I highly recommend you get a COVID-19 booster shot. This is in line with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), which this week broadened eligibility for boosters to all adults over 18 years.

At UCSF, we are currently seeing higher rates of COVID-19 infection among employees and learners with more than six months since their second vaccine dose. Boosters can reduce the effects of waning immunity by up to 90 percent. Due to the urgency for delivering boosters in time to reduce a possible second winter COVID-19 surge, please get your booster as soon as possible.

To get a booster, you must have received your second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago. If you received the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine, you should get a booster at least two months after your shot. You can mix and match whatever brand of vaccine you prefer for your booster shot.

Pfizer and Moderna booster shots are widely available through vaccination clinics, health care providers, and neighborhood pharmacies. Californians can visit the My Turn website or call (833) 422-4255 to make an appointment or find a nearby vaccine clinic. If you get a booster shot at a location outside UCSF, please upload a copy of that record to the Occupational Health Services Portal (UCSF MyAccess required) or email a copy to [email protected].

UCSF also offers booster shots to all adults, whether they are a patient or not, at the Laurel Heights and the Parnassus Heights campuses. For both clinics, we strongly recommend that you schedule an appointment through MyChart or by calling (415) 476-3307. If you get a busy signal or can't connect, call (866) 580-2664. A limited number of walk-ins are accepted, but there may be a wait due to staffing shortages.

Daily Health Screener

Beginning today, November 18, employees and learners who tap their UCSF identification into a UCSF building as required, but don’t complete the mandatory daily health screener will be sent an email notification for non-compliance with the screener policy. Managers of employees will be copied on the email notification.

To attest that you have been completely vaccinated on the daily health screener, you must be two weeks after your Pfizer or Moderna second shot, or two weeks after your single dose of Johnson & Johnson. The booster is not yet required to fulfill this qualification at this time.

As a reminder, self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms is an important part of the University of California's effort to safeguard the health and well-being of the University community and those we serve. In accordance with current CDPH orders, everyone, including vendors, contractors, and campus guests visiting any UC campus, must complete this daily self-screening survey before coming to campus.

Thank you for your continued efforts to prevent further transmission of COVID-19 at UCSF and in our communities.

Sincerely,

Josh

Josh Adler, MD
Chief Clinical Officer