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The following is a running archive of UCSF-wide COVID-19 messages and major updates on this website.

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January 21, 2021


January 13, 2021

The following message was sent by the Office of Communications:

Dear UCSF Community,

As our COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues to move forward, here are additional updates to keep you informed about the vaccination process and other COVID-related news.

1. First Phase of Vaccination Nearly Complete – NEW

We’ve offered vaccination appointments to more than 20,800 employees and learners whose on-site responsibilities involve high-risk exposure to COVID-19. Nearly 16,000 of those have received their first dose, and we expect to complete both doses for this group by early February. To follow the daily progress of UCSF’s vaccine rollout, visit the COVID-19 vaccine dashboard (Pulse Secure VPN required for off-site access).

2. Next Phase of Vaccine Rollout  NEW

This week, we will launch the next phase of our vaccine rollout, which is based on federal and state guidelines and will include:

  • Employees (on-site and remote) and patients age 75 and older.
  • Essential UCSF employees and learners whose responsibilities require them to work on site regularly, including in research, education, operations and administrative roles.
  • Vaccination appointments will be scheduled through MyChart. Employees, learners and patients are encouraged to sign up for MyChart if they don’t have an account.

3. Checking Your Assigned Vaccination Phase – NEW

Employees can use HR Umbrella to find out which phase they’ve been assigned to in the vaccine distribution plan.

  • Those not yet assigned a phase will be listed as “later phase” for the moment and more information will become available as vaccine availability and public health authorities’ guidance is updated.
  • Managers can use HR Umbrella to change the phase of an employee who has been assigned to an incorrect phase. Instructions for managers are available here.

4. Travel and Testing Update – NEW

Employees and learners who are resuming on-site work after travel are now required to complete three COVID-19 tests starting on or before the day they return to UCSF.

  • Additional details about the updated travel and testing policy are available on the UCSF travel guidance page.
  • Those working on-site who are asymptomatic but concerned about a possible exposure can use the free COVID-19 testing available for employees and learners.
  • Visit the COVID-19 Testing page to access a test.

5. 2021 Friday COVID-19 Response Town Hall Schedule – NEW

UCSF leaders will continue to participate in COVID-19 response town halls every other Friday at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Town halls will provide regular updates about UCSF’s vaccine rollout, the latest global and local pandemic updates, and other COVID-related news. A complete list of 2021 town hall dates is available here. Recordings of all prior town halls are posted online.

6. Grand Rounds on Vaccines and New COVID Variants – NEW

Join Department of Medicine Chair Bob Wachter on Thursday, Jan. 14, at noon via Zoom for a discussion about the vaccine rollout at UCSF, vaccine distribution nationwide, vaccine hesitancy, and the public health implications of new coronavirus strains. Recordings of previous Grand Rounds are available through the Department of Medicine website.


CA COVID Notify, the state’s smartphone-based COVID-19 exposure notification system, is available to all Californians. Visit the COVID Notify landing page for more information about the privacy-protected technology first piloted at UCSF and UC San Diego.

For the latest information about UCSF’s vaccine rollout, please visit the UCSF Vaccine Information Hub. All vaccine questions should be sent to [email protected].

For general information about UCSF’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, please visit the UCSF COVID-19 website. For questions related to our response and recovery efforts, please contact UCSF Emergency Management. You can also sign up to receive text alerts about the latest UCSF news by texting “UCSF” to 333 111.


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