Campus Messages

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

UCSF Vaccine Update

Dear UCSF Community,

I am writing to provide you with an update on our COVID-19 vaccine rollout and address some questions on the unpredictability of vaccine availability.

Vaccine Rollout Status Update

Our vaccinations have continued at a rapid pace. In the past month, we have provided more than 23,600 vaccines, and more than 80 percent of our frontline employees and learners have scheduled or received their inoculations. As we continue to schedule vaccinations for the remainder of our patient-facing workforce, we have begun inviting additional employees and our patients, by age groups, in alignment with state guidance.

Vaccine Doses Remain in Short Supply

Federal guidance states that those aged 65 and above are eligible to receive the vaccine, but unpredictable vaccine availability nationwide has hampered the distribution of vaccine doses to such a large group.

Like other health care institutions, UCSF is receiving limited vaccine shipments. The timeline below is based on current assumptions about vaccine availability and may shift as supplies change.

Vaccinating now:

  • Health care workers at highest risk of exposure through their work
  • Patients and employees aged 75 and older

Within the next few weeks:

  • Patients and employees aged 65 and over
  • Employees and learners whose work has required them to be on site at least once a week over the past three months

Expected later next month:

  • Patients, employees and learners in lower age tiers.

We expect to roll out a new scheduling platform for employees and patients in the coming weeks, to make this process easier for all involved.

UCSF Partners with the City to Improve Vaccine Access

The City and County of San Francisco has announced a goal of vaccinating 10,000 people per day via mass-vaccination sites. We are participating in this effort and coordinating with Dignity Health and One Medical Group to open a drive-through vaccination site at City College starting Friday. We plan to scale up to 3,000 appointments per day, starting with patients aged 75 and over.

In addition, at the City’s request, we are doing our part alongside other health systems to help vaccinate patient-facing health care workers who live or work in San Francisco but are not affiliated with a major health system.

The inconsistent supply of vaccines nationwide can be frustrating. With greater federal focus on managing COVID-19 and vaccines, we hope the supply will become more stable and distribution will expand. We will continue to provide you updates as they become available. In the meantime, visit the vaccine dashboard and the UCSF COVID-19 Vaccine Information Hub to keep track of the vaccine rollout.

Thank you for your patience and ongoing commitment to our shared work.


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