Campus Messages

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

UC-wide Vaccination Requirement

Dear UCSF Community,

The University of California Office of the President (UCOP) will soon be issuing a policy to require all UC faculty, staff, students and trainees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 – except for rare exemptions – as a way to protect the health of everyone on campus.

This decision follows UCOP’s announcement of the proposed vaccination policy in April and the conclusion of a public comment period. UCOP has informed us that the final vaccination policy with guidance on its implementation will be issued by July 15.

If you have already been vaccinated at UCSF or have submitted proof of your vaccination at a site outside UCSF, you have met this obligation. If you previously declined a vaccination, you will need to be vaccinated or get approval for an exemption under the new UCOP policy. More information on the approved exemptions will be forthcoming.

While we do not yet have all the details, below are key highlights of the new policy:

  • Beginning July 15, faculty, staff, students and trainees already working on campus must be vaccinated and those not yet working must be vaccinated at least two weeks before coming to a UCSF campus or location for any work-related activities. To schedule a vaccination appointment, go to the COVID-19 vaccination hub here: https://coronavirus.ucsf.edu/vaccines.
  • Beginning July 15, faculty, staff, and trainees will be required to submit proof of their vaccination to UCSF Occupational Health Services portal: ohsportal.ucsfmedicalcenter.org (MyAccess/VPN required. Instructions on how to submit proof is posted here: https://coronavirus.ucsf.edu/employees). 

Exemptions and Accommodations

  • The UC policy will allow for faculty, staff, students and trainees to get a medical exemption, which is consistent with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and manufacturer labeling on contraindications and precautions.
  • Faculty, staff, students and trainees also will be eligible to request an exemption due to religious belief or an accommodation for a disability. 
  • Those with approved exemptions or accommodations may return to work or study at their campus location, but they will be required to wear masks in public areas and comply with the COVID-19 testing plan of their campus. UCSF is developing its testing plan and we will share details as soon as they are available.
  • Employees who choose not to be vaccinated, and are not approved for an exemption, “may face disciplinary actions” for potentially posing risk to others, according to the UCOP policy. 

Since the start of the pandemic, we have made protecting the health of our UCSF community a priority. We continue to revise campus policies based on public health guidance and we appreciate your cooperation in complying with the evolving guidelines. We will share more information about the UCOP vaccination policy with you once it becomes available and will discuss this topic further at our next COVID-19 Response Town Hall on June 18.

Thank you for doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community healthy.

Sincerely,

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