Campus Messages

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

One Month Left to Get Your Flu Shot

Dear UCSF Community,

With the first flu patient admissions already underway in our medical center, we want to draw your attention to an important and looming deadline.

As you are aware, UC President Michael Drake, MD, has strongly encouraged universal flu vaccines for the entire UC community by Oct. 31, 2020, and is requiring all students, faculty and staff living, learning or working on any UC site to have a flu vaccine effective Nov. 1, unless they have an approved medical exemption, or disability or religious accommodation.*

We ask for your support to help keep our frontline care providers and all other faculty, staff, learners and patients healthy this fall. So far, more than 60% of our UCSF Health employees have received their influenza vaccines, along with 35% of our Campus employees. During the next few weeks, we will need to vaccinate 19,000 additional members of the UCSF community.

There are numerous options available for you to get your vaccine, including on-site flu clinics, Occupational Health clinics, your primary care provider and most pharmacies. Please visit the Occupational Health Services web site for a full list of on-site clinic locations and dates, as well as additional free options for members of UC health plans. For additional guidance, including how to submit outside documentation and a manager’s toolkit, please visit the Flu Vaccination FAQs page.

It has never been more important to get a flu vaccine. In addition to the personal risk of contracting either the flu or COVID-19, the impact of even a normal flu season on our health system could be overwhelming if it coincides with a COVID-19 surge. Your vaccination can benefit you, your colleagues and your surrounding community.

On behalf of every member of our UCSF community and the patients we are privileged to serve, thank you for doing your part and getting your flu shot.



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

* Requests for disability or religious accommodations may be made by any person subject to this order and will be adjudicated through the interactive process consistent with existing location policies and procedures.