Campus Messages

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

Get Your Flu Shot

Dear UCSF Community,

I write to remind you that UCSF strongly encourages and expects everyone to get vaccinated against influenza to protect the health of our patients and communities.

Both the San Francisco and Alameda Departments of Public Health require all health care workers to receive the annual influenza vaccine by Oct. 31, 2021.

In addition, the University of California’s 2021-2022 flu vaccination executive order issued on October 8, 2021, requires all covered students, faculty, other academic appointees and staff to get a flu shot or opt out by completing a form after getting information about flu vaccine no later than Nov. 19, 2021.

Now is the time to get your flu vaccine at UCSF, at a local pharmacy or by your health care provider. Beginning Oct. 25, 2021, UCSF Occupational Health Services (OHS) is extending its drop-in flu shot clinics at Parnassus Heights and Mission Bay campuses. At UCSF Fresno, free flu shots are available at the COVID-19 Equity Project at 550 E. Shaw Ave. in Fresno. Faculty and trainees at UCSF Fresno who work at Community Medical Centers (CMC) may also get flu shots at CMC’s vaccine clinics. More options for getting a flu shot through health plans are available here.

If you receive your flu shot from UCSF, you will be sent an email confirmation within 48 to 72 hours, and the record is automatically submitted to UC. If you receive your flu vaccination from your own provider, please submit your record to [email protected].

If you decide to opt out of getting a flu vaccine, you must do so by completing a flu shot declination form posted on the OHS website.

Of course, I hope you do get vaccinated, which is proven to be effective to reduce the risk of severe illness and flu-related hospitalizations, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the potential confluence of infections from COVID-19 and influenza poses a threat to the health and safety of our community. Getting vaccinated against the flu will help us prevent overburdening our health care system.

Thank you for all you do in fulfillment of our mission of care delivery, research, education, and public service.


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