Campus Messages

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

Mandatory COVID-19 policies requiring action

Dear UCSF Community,

There are several actions you must take to meet new mandatory COVID-19 policies issued by UCSF/UC and the California Department of Public Health. This is the latest of several updates you have received, in a sign of how quickly circumstances are changing around the Omicron and Delta variants. 

Please review these mandatory policies, which will help us protect our patients, the communities we serve, and one another.

  1. Mandatory booster vaccinations by January 31, 2022
  • All eligible UCSF staff, faculty, and learners must receive a booster vaccination by January 31. 
  • Schedule an appointment through MyChart.  Alternatively, you may dial (415) 476-3307 in San Francisco or (510) 428-3885 ext. 5793# in Oakland. Booster shots also are available at the UCSF Fresno COVID-19 Equity Project.
  • If you received a booster shot at a location outside of UCSF, please upload a copy of that record to the Occupational Health Portal. If you are unable to use the portal, please email your record to [email protected].
  • For additional information visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Information Hub.
  1. CDPH testing mandate for non-boosted workers/learners on-site
  • Effective immediately, the California Department of Public Health requires all on-site workers not vaccinated with a booster to be tested on-site for COVID-19 twice a week.
  • In any given week, tests should be taken no more than 4 days apart.
  1. Post-holiday testing for on-site workers/learners and out-of-state travelers
  • On-site workers/learners:  Strongly recommended to take two COVID-19 tests a few days apart upon returning to work after January 1. (This policy will be in place until January 15.)  The UCSF Daily Health Screener will provide instructions on when and how to get tested when reporting to work.
  • Out-of-state travelers:  Must take two COVID-19 tests, the first of which should be within 24 hours of entering UCSF facilities for on-site work. (This policy will remain in effect until further notice.) The UCSF Daily Health Screener will provide instructions on when and how to get tested when reporting to work.
  1. New return-to-work policy:  After positive COVID-19 test
  • Following new CDC guidance, UCSF is developing an updated policy for how and when employees and learners may return to on-site work after a positive COVID-19 test.
  • We will share updated information in the first week of January.

Your support of these policies will help us slow the alarming spread of the Omicron and Delta variants. As always, thank you for your continued leadership, especially during these moments of changing public health guidance.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

Josh Adler, MD
Chief Clinical Officer
UCSF Health