Campus Messages

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Dear UCSF Community,

As we bring 2020 to a close and look forward to a brighter 2021, I’d like to provide an update on our COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

The vaccine rollout is going very well overall. Since we received our first shipment of vaccines on December 16, we have vaccinated more than 6,300 of our colleagues and scheduled vaccinations for thousands more. The cross-functional vaccine steering committee has done an excellent job in creating new processes and systems for an unprecedented task. More importantly, I am grateful for how UCSF has consistently applied an equitable, values-driven approach to ensure that we prioritize employees and learners whose on-site responsibilities involve high-risk exposure to environments and patients with COVID-19.

We have reached a number of milestones in a very short time, while also developing new platforms to provide our community with up-to-date information about our vaccine rollout, including:

  • An online dashboard that provides our community with the latest UCSF vaccination numbers.
  • A tool through HR Umbrella for employees and managers to find out which phase of the vaccine rollout they’ve been assigned to, and webinars to help managers change those phases when needed.
  • Fully operational vaccine sites at Parnassus and Oakland, with our second San Francisco site opening next week at our Mission Bay campus. (UCSF Fresno vaccines are being handled locally in Fresno.)
  • Together, these will put us on track to vaccinate about 10,000 people per week and – assuming we receive the expected vaccine shipments – to complete both doses for more than 19,000 higher-risk workers by mid-February.
  • We also have begun the process to vaccinate contractors who are at risk of exposure in our clinical areas, including traveling nurses.

As vaccine availability increases, we will continue to expand our phases according to guidance from the CDC and California Department of Public Health, to reach our high-risk patients and additional employees and learners. We will post further information to the UCSF COVID-19 Vaccine Information Hub as it becomes available.

To date, of the thousands of vaccinations given and the thousands more that have been scheduled, we have identified some positions that were initially miscategorized and are being resolved. Thank you for your patience as we refine our analytic processes. In addition, as a final check, we ask all those who receive automated invitations for vaccination to confirm that they have been accurately identified as belonging to a priority group by checking our vaccine prioritization chart.

As we work towards vaccinating our entire community over the coming months, please remember that all of us – including those who have been vaccinated – must continue to follow all public health orders and wear masks, physically distance, wash hands frequently, wear eye protection as required in the clinical setting, and avoid unnecessary travel and gatherings.

It has been a long year, but we have arrived at a turning point in this public health crisis. Although the next few months may be difficult, the strength and patience of our community will help see us through the remainder of the pandemic and into a COVID-free future.


Josh Adler, MD
Chief Clinical Officer, UCSF Health
Vice Dean, Clinical Affairs, UCSF School of Medicine