Campus Messages

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

New Phase in COVID-19 Vaccinations

Dear UCSF Community,

As we continue to roll out our vaccination efforts, I want to acknowledge the grim milestone that we have just passed as a nation. On Monday, the United States surpassed 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, including the nearly 1,500 people who lost their lives that day alone. We mourn the lives lost and send our heartfelt condolences to their families and friends.

The effort to vaccinate all of our communities remains one of the highest priorities across the country. To date, UCSF Health has provided more than 75,000 vaccine doses to our employees, learners, patients and community members. Now we are entering a new phase of the vaccine rollout, in alignment with the City of San Francisco, based on the state eligibility guidelines for educational institutions.

As of today, we will begin vaccinating our remaining employees and learners, as well as our patients in the new categories, following the updated California Department of Public Health guidelines. This also includes UCSF employees who are working remotely. Vaccinations for faculty, trainees and staff at UCSF Fresno are being administered locally in Fresno.

The new directive is broad and aims to enable daycare, schools, colleges and other educational institutions – including our own – to reopen safely. The new categories also include our patients who work in childcare, teaching, as first responders, or in food and agriculture.

While this is good news, it is important to understand how limited vaccine supplies remain. As vaccine production, distribution capacity and logistics continue to be strengthened, we must all remain patient as we expand the rollout.

To Schedule Your Vaccination:

  • If you have a MyChart account:
    • Log in to MyChart and click on "Can I schedule my COVID vaccine?” Any available appointments will appear on the following screen. Select one.
    • Click “schedule.”
  • If you do not have a MyChart account, please sign up here. Then follow the steps above. For help with MyChart, please call the MyChart Help Desk at 415-514-6000.
  • If you need help scheduling, please call our Scheduling Help Line at 415-476-3307.
  • You may also be eligible to sign up at public vaccination sites, including our partnership site at City College of San Francisco. Please visit your county’s vaccine web site to see their current vaccination options.

We encourage you to sign up for your vaccination this week, if possible, before we transition to the new state sign-up system next week. For ongoing updates on our progress, the vaccine dashboard and UCSF COVID-19 Vaccine Information Hub remain the best sources for the latest vaccine information.

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation in adhering to public health and UCSF policies to control the pandemic and for supporting our collective effort to serve the communities that depend on us.

Sincerely,

Josh

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