Latest Updates

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

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April 7, 2021

The following message was sent by the Office of Communications:

Dear UCSF Community,

Although parts of the nation have entered a fourth wave of the pandemic, it remains to be seen if transmissions will climb in California. Meanwhile, contagious variants are spreading in our community. Regardless of your vaccination status, we urge you to continue to adhere to public health measures and complete the daily health screening before coming to campus. Please take note of these important updates:

Vaccine Updates

Vaccination Appointments Available at UCSF Vaccine Locations – NEW

UCSF has received new supplies of vaccines to continue to vaccinate all employees.

  • To make an appointment, log onto MyChart or call 415-514-1196
  • UCSF is offering COVID-vaccinations at:
    • William J. Rutter Center located at Mission Bay
    • City College of San Francisco
    • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

As a reminder, vaccines are no longer being offered at the Parnassus Heights campus.

Notify OHS After Being Vaccinated Outside UCSF – NEW

Employees who receive their COVID-19 vaccine outside of UCSF should email a copy of their vaccine record to UCSF Occupational Health Services ([email protected]). Employees are encouraged to get a vaccine whenever and whereever it’s most convenient.

  • MyTurn, the state’s vaccine scheduling system, is adding more appointments regularly and continues to expand statewide.
  • In addition, each Bay Area county’s vaccine website offers appointments at county-run vaccination sites and at Walgreens, CVS and Safeway pharmacies.

UCSF Health Expands COVID-19 Vaccinations to Eligible Inpatients – NEW

Beginning Thursday, April 8 at 8 a.m., UCSF Health will offer Jansen (Johnson & Johnson) single-dose vaccines to eligible inpatients. The goal is to vaccinate patients as soon as they are clinically stable as early in the hospital admission as feasible. This program will be administered on weekdays only. Eligible inpatients are:

  • Those age 65 and older
  • Those with planned discharge dispositions to congregate settings, such as skilled nursing facilities, long term care centers, etc.

More information can be found on the UCSF Health Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention website.

Emergency Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19 Relief Available to Employees – NEW

UC recently announced that all University paid employees unable to work because of COVID-related issues can use a new leave bank, Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL). Among the highlights of this new leave bank:

  • Separate from COVID Paid Administrative Leave (PAL), EPSL is available through Sept. 30, 2021
  • Full-time employees may take up to 80 hours of EPSL; part-time employees will be allocated a two-week equivalent
  • Employees should contact their supervisor/manager or submit an EPSL request form
  • More details about the EPSL program, including all the provisions for using this leave, can be found in the UC announcement or in the FAQs for staff and for academics.

UCSF to Ease Travel Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated People – NEW

Beginning Monday, April 12, 2021, UCSF will revise its international and domestic travel guidance for fully vaccinated individuals to reflect recent changes made by the California Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. UCSF will allow self-attestation of vaccination status by in-person screener or digital screener. No verification will be required.

Domestic Travel Outside of California: Please note the language has changed from greater than 120 miles from home to outside of California 

  • For fully vaccinated persons, no quarantine or testing will be required after domestic travel
  • For unvaccinated persons, there is no change to the current guidance

International Travel

  • For fully vaccinated persons quarantine is not required, but they will need to attest to doing a test at UCSF on day 3-5  
  • For unvaccinated persons, there is no changes to current guidance

Please note that local, state, and international governments may have travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements, stay-at-home orders and and quarantine requirements upon arrival.

Vaccine Scheduling for Contractors and Temporary Staff – REMINDER

UCSF will no longer add contractors and temporary staff to UCSF’s medical record system for scheduling vaccination appointments. On-site contractors and temporary staff should:

  • Use MyTurn, the state’s vaccine scheduling system, to schedule their vaccination.
  • Categorize themselves as a “health care worker” or an “education/child care worker” in MyTurn to ensure that they are immediately eligible for vaccination.

Vaccine PSAs in Multiple Languages – REMINDER

UCSF is featuring members of our community in a series of public service announcements (PSAs) to build confidence in the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines to guard against serious illness of the disease.

  • The PSAs are currently available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian and Vietnamese. 
  • More videos to follow will include Tagalog and Cantonese speakers.
  • Please help us promote vaccine confidence by sharing these PSAs with your family, friends and colleagues and  through social media.

Virtual Events

Department of Medicine COVID-19 Grand Rounds – NEW

Join Chair Bob Wachter for the UCSF Department of Medicine COVID-19 Grand Rounds on Thursday, April 8, from noon to 1 p.m., to hear George Rutherford discuss the emerging but regional fourth wave of the pandemic and Monica Gandhi and Peter Chin-Hong opine on whether various scenarios are safe or risky for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

UCSF Health COVID-19 Town Hall NEW

Join UCSF Health leaders and experts for an update on the COVID-19 pandemic during a town hall on Tuesday, April 13, from  4 to 5 p.m.

UCSF COVID-19 Response Town Hall – NEW

Join UCSF leaders on Friday, April 16, at 4 p.m. via Zoom for an update on UCSF’s vaccine rollout and the current state of the pandemic both globally and locally. Recordings of all Friday COVID-19 town halls are posted online.

One Year of COVID: A Special Three-Part Series – REMINDER

To mark one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, UCSF hosted “COVID-19: The Path Forward,” a three-part series of virtual panel discussions that examined lessons learned over the past year, issues of health equity and our post-pandemic future. Recordings of each event are available online.

UCSF Time of Remembrance: Honoring Lives Lost During COVID-19 – REMINDER

A recording is now available of the UCSF Time of Remembrance, a town hall dedicated to acknowledging the grief and loss that our community has experienced during the pandemic. In addition, UCSF offers a variety of counseling, wellness and spiritual resources to help members of our community cope with the challenges.

General COVID-Related Updates

Future of Telework at UCSF – REMINDER

As Bay Area counties and cities reopen indoor offices and expand activities as they move into state’s moderate or orange tier based on the level of spread of COVID-19, UCSF teams are planning for the future of telework for positions that can be performed remotely without compromising UCSF’s mission and operational needs. Here’s what we know:

  • A team is refining telework guidelines and tools, incorporating lessons learned over the past year, for UCSF to operate with a combination of remote and on-site work.
  • The Chancellor’s Cabinet will discuss this topic in late April and we will provide an update on remote work and recovery efforts soon thereafter.
  • Read more about what you can expect in the months ahead in this update.

Fitness Center to Reopen to Employees and Learners – REMINDER

The Bakar Fitness and Recreation Center at UCSF Mission Bay will reopen to UCSF employees and learners on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. The programs and services that will be offered are pending, with more details to come as the reopening date approaches.

Reminders

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.

 


April 1, 2021

The following message was sent by the Office of Communications:

Dear UCSF Community,

As Bay Area counties and cities reopen indoor offices and expand activities as they move into state’s moderate or orange tier based on the level of spread of COVID-19, many of you are wondering what to expect at UCSF in the weeks ahead. Please take note of these updates:

Future of Telework

A year ago, in response to public health orders to limit the spread of COVID-19, we issued guidance enabling those who can work and study remotely to do so. Last September, we extended the telework policy through June 30, 2021 since COVID-19 remained widespread in the community. With that date fast approaching, here’s what we know:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has showed us that some UCSF positions can be performed remotely without compromising our mission and operational needs.
  • In light of this, a team is developing telework guidelines and tools, incorporating lessons learned over the past year, for UCSF to operate with a combination of remote and on-site work.
  • As we explore the future of where and how we work at UCSF, our goal is to ensure the health and safety of our UCSF community while upholding our campus culture and delivering on our mission.
  • The Chancellor’s Cabinet will discuss this topic in late April and we will provide an update on remote work and recovery efforts soon thereafter.

Increasing On-Site Work

Many of you have been caring for patients and communities, conducting research, and supporting our operations by working in a variety of positions on site all along, and we are grateful for your dedication during this public health crisis. Over the next few months, UCSF will gradually increase on-site work.

  • Education activities will ramp up for the academic year in phases starting June 4 through mid-September. The current plan will allow for small group instruction on campus while larger class sizes will continue with remote learning.
  • We are working to vaccinate all of our new and returning learners before they come to campus.
  • For research, we are closely monitoring public health orders, occupational health guidelines and our own metrics for making decisions about on-site research, and are hopeful that we can increase density in the coming weeks.
  • We are also monitoring the K-12 school situation and will do our best to take childcare factors into account as we plan ahead.

Vaccination Eligibility Expands

As of today, more Californians are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccines, based on state guidelines.

  • Beginning April 1, 2021, individuals age 50 or over are eligible for vaccines.
  • Beginning April 15, 2021, every Californian age 16 and older will become eligible for vaccines.

State of the Pandemic

The state of this pandemic remains unpredictable, with increasing coronavirus cases and hospitalizations and the growing prevalence of highly transmissible COVID-19 variants, across the country.

  • Until the pandemic comes to an end, we must remain flexible and adaptive to changing conditions.
  • With more progress, however, we will see further easing of COVID-19 restrictions that will trigger revised policies for in-person gatherings, events and traveling, among others.
  • Please be vigilant in following the public health safety measures like wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distancing, washing hands regularly, and completing the daily health screening before coming to campus.
  • We encourage you to continue to stay informed by visiting the COVID-19 website and by participating in the bi-weekly COVID-19 Response Town Halls.

Reminders

For the latest information about UCSF’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts, 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.


March 24, 2021

The following message was sent by the Office of Communications:

Dear UCSF Community,

We have now reached an important milestone in our ongoing vaccination against COVID-19, administering the 100,000th vaccine dose at UCSF as this video celebrates. We continue to see a steady decline in new COVID-19 cases around the Bay Area as cities begin to re-open more businesses.

While we are making great progress fighting this pandemic, we urge you to help us keep our community safe by continuing to mask, physically distance, wash hands frequently, take the daily health screener before coming to campus and follow all public health guidance regardless of your vaccination status. Please take note of the following vaccine and COVID-related updates.

Vaccine Updates

1. UCSF Vaccine Clinic Location Update – NEW

UCSF is offering COVID-19 vaccines by appointment at:

  • William J. Rutter Center located at Mission Bay
  • City College of San Francisco
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Vaccines are no longer being offered at the Parnassus Heights campus. Those who received their first dose of a two-dose vaccine series (Moderna or Pfizer) at Parnassus will be scheduled for their second at Rutter Center.

2. First and Second Dose Scheduling – NEW

Those who received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine series (Moderna or Pfizer) should schedule their second dose from the same provider (e.g., UCSF, Kaiser, etc.) as the first dose. Some providers may not honor a scheduled second-dose appointment if the first dose was received from a different provider.

3. Post-Vaccine Symptoms or Illness – NEW

Employees who are too ill to report to work or have been advised by Occupational Health Services to remain off work due to symptoms from the vaccine, may use accrued COVID-19 paid administrative leave, sick leave, vacation leave, compensatory time off, or paid time off hours as appropriate. Employees who have exhausted all accrued time off may be eligible to receive donations from the Emergency Voluntary Catastrophic Leave Sharing Program.

4. Vaccine Scheduling for Contractors and Temporary Staff – NEW

UCSF will no longer add contractors and temporary staff to UCSF’s medical record system for scheduling vaccination appointments. On-site contractors and temporary staff should:

  • Use MyTurn, the state’s vaccine scheduling system, to schedule their vaccination.
  • Categorize themselves as a “health care worker” or an “education/child care worker” in MyTurn to ensure that they are immediately eligible for vaccination.

5. UCSF Vaccinates Special Olympics Athletes – NEW

On Monday, UCSF vaccinated about 100 Special Olympics athletes at the City College of San Francisco vaccine site. Photos and video of the event are available online.

6. Vaccine PSAs in Multiple Languages – REMINDER

UCSF is featuring members of our community in a series of public service announcements (PSAs) to build confidence in the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

  • The PSAs are currently available in English and Spanish.
  • Next week, additional videos will be available for speakers of Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

Please help us promote vaccine confidence by sharing these PSAs with your family, friends and colleagues and through social media.

Virtual Events

7. Grand Rounds on the State of the Pandemic, Therapeutics and Variants – NEW

Join Department of Medicine Chair Bob Wachter on Thursday, March 25, at noon via Zoom for a discussion about the current state of the pandemic, an update on therapeutics used to treat COVID-19, and the latest data on coronavirus variants. Recordings of previous Grand Rounds are available on the Department of Medicine website.

8. COVID-19 Response Town Hall on Emerging COVID Science – NEW

Join UCSF leaders on Friday, April 2, at 4 p.m. via Zoom for a discussion about the latest research on post-acute COVID-19 syndrome, an update on UCSF’s vaccine rollout, and the state of the pandemic both globally and locally. Recordings of all Friday COVID-19 town halls are posted online.

9. One Year of COVID – COVID-19: The Path Forward – Special Event – REMINDER

To mark one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, UCSF hosted “COVID-19: The Path Forward,” a three-part series of virtual panel discussions that examined lessons learned over the past year, issues of health equity and our post-pandemic future. Recordings of each event are available online.

10. UCSF Time of Remembrance: Honoring Lives Lost During COVID-19 – REMINDER

recording is now available of the UCSF Time of Remembrance, a town hall dedicated to acknowledging the grief and loss that our community has experienced during the pandemic. In addition, UCSF offers a variety of counseling, wellness and spiritual resources to help members of our community cope with the challenges. 

General COVID-Related Updates

11. Fitness Center to Reopen to Employees and Learners – NEW 

The Bakar Fitness and Recreation Center at UCSF Mission Bay will reopen to UCSF employees and learners on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. The programs and services that will be offered are pending, with more details to come as the reopening date approaches. Members who are not UCSF employees or students will not have access to Bakar or any other UCSF facilities until the California Department of Public Health lifts restrictions governing public access to college and university campuses.

Reminders

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.


March 10, 2021

The following message was sent by the Office of Communications:

Dear UCSF Community,

As more people get vaccinated and COVID-19 cases continue to decline, federal, state and local public health agencies are offering updated guidance. However, we cannot let down our guard until more people are fully vaccinated and COVID-19 is no longer a threat to public health. Everyone must continue to mask, physically distance, wash hands regularly, and follow all COVID-related policies, including completing the daily health screening before coming to campus. Here are the latest vaccine and COVID-related updates.

Vaccine Updates

1. Book Vaccine Appointments through State and County Websites – NEW

MyTurn, the state’s vaccine scheduling system, is now active for Bay Area residents. In addition, each Bay Area county’s vaccine website offers appointments at county-run vaccination sites and at Walgreens, CVS and Safeway pharmacies.

  • Employees who receive their COVID-19 vaccine outside of UCSF should email a copy of their vaccine record to UCSF Occupational Health Services.
  • Please note that statewide vaccine supplies remain limited, so appointments at UCSF locations are currently being prioritized for those needing their second dose.

More information about vaccine scheduling can be found on the UCSF Vaccine Hub.

    2. CDC Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated People – NEW

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued interim recommendations for fully vaccinated people. Please note that this new guidance does not apply to health care settings. UCSF experts are reviewing this guidance to determine how it will affect our campus settings. According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people outside health care settings can:

    • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
    • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
    • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic

    The CDC recommends that while out in public, fully vaccinated individuals should continue to mask, physically distance, practice hand hygiene, and avoid travel and convening in large crowds.

    3. Vaccine Eligibility for Individuals with Pre-Existing Conditions – REMINDER

    Starting March 15, individuals under age 65 who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 due to one or more health conditions will be eligible to schedule a vaccination appointment, when available, through the state’s MyTurn system, county vaccine websites, and some health care providers.

    4. Join a Vaccine Response Study – REMINDER

    Researchers are seeking participants to join a UCSF study to identify factors that predict a strong and lasting immune response after a COVID-19 vaccine. The Building Optimal AntibOdies STudy (BOOST) is assessing how vaccine response is influenced by factors such as age, immune cell age, sleep, mood and stress.

    • Participants in the study funded by the National Institutes of Health can earn up to $300 while helping to advance COVID science. 
    • Learn more and sign up on the UCSF BOOST website. Please note that those interested in joining the study will need to enroll before receiving their first vaccination. 

    5. PSAs to Promote Vaccine Confidence in the Community – REMINDER

    UCSF is featuring members of our community in a series of public service announcements (PSAs) to build confidence in the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines. As a reminder, three vaccines, from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, have been authorized by the FDA for emergency use during the pandemic.

    • The PSAs are currently available in English and Spanish, and will be followed by additional videos for speakers of Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog and Vietnamese. 
    • Please help us promote vaccine confidence by sharing these PSAs with your family, friends and colleagues and through social media.

    Virtual Events

    6. Grand Rounds – COVID at One Year: Looking Back and Looking Ahead NEW

    Join Department of Medicine Chair Bob Wachter on Thursday, March 11, at noon via Zoom for a conversation with UCSF leaders Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Peter Chin-Hong and George Rutherford to reflect on the past year, describe the current state of the pandemic, and predict what the future might look like. Recordings of previous Grand Rounds are available on the Department of Medicine website.

    7. Special Series to Commemorate One-Year of COVID-19 Pandemic – REMINDER

    To mark one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, UCSF is presenting COVID-19: The Path Forward, a three-part public series of virtual panel discussions that will examine science, health equity and our shared future in the wake of COVID-19. The three panels are:

    More information about each panel, including a list of speakers and the Zoom link for each event, can be found on the UCSF Events Calendar.

    8. COVID-19 Response Town Hall on Planning for a Post-Vaccine Future – NEW

    Join UCSF leaders on Friday, March 19, at 4 p.m. via Zoom for an update on UCSF’s vaccine rollout, the latest global and local pandemic news, and a conversation to explore how the changing public health guidelines may affect UCSF’s mission areas as more members of the community are fully vaccinated. Recordings of all Friday COVID-19 town halls are posted online.

    9. Time of Remembrance for UCSF Staff, Faculty, and Learners: Honoring Our Losses During COVID-19 – REMINDER

    Join members of the UCSF community on Tuesday, March 23, at 4 p.m. via Zoom, a time dedicated to acknowledging the grief and loss that our community has experienced during the pandemic. Staff, faculty, learners and leaders will share their experiences and spiritual leaders will guide the audience in a memorial ceremony to honor our losses, including patients and loved ones who have died. Please note the new Zoom link for this event, which was updated after the town hall was first announced.

    Reminders

    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.

     


    March 4, 2021

    The following message was sent by the Office of Communications:

    Dear UCSF Community,

    We are making progress in the ongoing fight against the pandemic as more people get vaccinated and the number of new COVID-19 cases decline. Nevertheless, as COVID-19 remains widespread in our community and new variants emerge, please continue to adhere to public health measures, such as masking, physical distancing and handwashing. Here are the latest vaccine and COVID-related updates.

    Vaccine Updates

    1. Vaccine Eligibility Guidelines – REMINDER

    UCSF employees and learners, including those working remotely, are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination under California Department of Public Health vaccine eligibility guidelines. However, vaccine supplies are limited statewide, so first-dose appointments may not be available over the next two weeks, even for those who are eligible. Members of the UCSF community have several options to schedule their vaccinations. These include:

    • MyChart, UCSF’s patient portal for appointments at Mission Bay and Parnassus Heights campuses
    • Each county’s vaccine website
    • The state’s MyTurn system, which offers appointments where available.

    More information about vaccine scheduling can be found on the recently updated UCSF  Vaccine Hub.

    2. PSAs to Promote Vaccine Confidence in the Community – REMINDER

    UCSF is featuring members of our community in a series of public service announcements (PSAs) to build confidence in the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

    • PSAs are available in English and Spanish, and will be followed by additional videos for speakers of Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Tagalog and Vietnamese. 
    • Please help us promote vaccine confidence by sharing these PSAs with your family, friends and colleagues and through social media.

    Virtual Events

    3. COVID-19 Response Town Hall on the Science Behind COVID Safety – REMINDER

    Join UCSF leaders on Friday, March 5, at 4 p.m. via Zoom for a discussion about the science behind staying safe during the pandemic, an update on UCSF’s vaccine rollout, and the latest global and local pandemic news. Recordings of all Friday COVID-19 town halls are posted online.

    4. UCSF Health COVID-19 Town Hall – NEW

    Join UCSF Health on Tuesday, March 9, at 4 p.m. via Zoom for updates on COVID variants, UCSF’s vaccine rollout, policies for onsite workers, and the latest global and local pandemic news.

    5. One-Year Anniversary of the COVID-19 Pandemic – Special Panel Series – NEW

    In recognition of the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, UCSF is hosting a three-part public series of virtual panel discussions that will examine lessons learned over the past year, issues of health equity and shed light on our post-pandemic future.

    More information about each panel, including a list of speakers and the Zoom link for each event, can be found on the UCSF Events Calendar.

    6. UCSF Time of Remembrance: Honoring Lives Loss During COVID-19 – NEW

    Join members of the UCSF community on Tuesday, March 23, at 4 p.m. via Zoom for a special UCSF Health Town Hall dedicated to acknowledging the grief and loss that our community has experienced during the pandemic. Frontline care workers will share their experiences and spiritual leaders will guide the audience in a memorial ceremony of lives lost. Live music will accompany an artistic presentation honoring our shared experiences over the past year.

    General COVID-Related Updates

    7. Post-Vaccine Return To Work Policy – NEW

    UCSF has enacted a new return-to-work policy for fully vaccinated employees who have had a high-risk exposure to COVID-19. Please note that individuals who are fully vaccinated should still follow UCSF’s protocols, including taking the daily health screener before coming to campus. More information is available online.

    8. Post-travel Quarantine Requirements – NEW

    UCSF has updated its travel guidance and post-travel testing and quarantine policies for employees and learners who have traveled outside of California or more than 120 miles from their place of residence. Updated travel guidance is also available for vendors and for visitors to UCSF.

    9. Free COVID-19 Self-Test Kits for UCSF Employees and Learners – NEW

    Asymptomatic UCSF employees and learners seeking a COVID-19 test can pick up a free self-test kit from vending machines located at the Mission Bay, Mount Zion and Parnassus Heights campuses. Please only take a self-test kit if you are concerned about a possible COVID-19 exposure but have no symptoms. You must clear the daily health screener and have an active UCSF ID badge to obtain a test kit. Vending machine locations and instructions for obtaining a test kit are available online.

    10. Using Sick Leave to Care for Children At Home – NEW

    Policy-covered staff may use all of their accrued sick leave if they are unable to work onsite or telecommute because they are caring for children who are unable to attend school or a place of care in person due to COVID-19 precautions. This policy will remain in effect through June 30, 2021. Subject to collective bargaining, a similar expansion of the use of sick leave is available to represented staff who have accrued sick leave.

    11. Request Anonymity After A Positive COVID-19 Test – NEW

    California law (AB 685) requires the University of California to notify exclusive union representatives of the names of employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 and who worked onsite during the infectious period. Employees may request that their names not be included in these notifications. UCSF employees who wish to remain anonymous when relating their COVID-positive status to the unions may opt out by submitting a form that’s available on the COVID-19 testing page.

    12. Online COVID-19 Clinical Resources for Health Care Workers – NEW

    UCSF and USAID have launched Open Critical Care, an online resource where health care workers in resource-variable settings can find open-access, high-quality, critical care learning tools focused on respiratory care and COVID-19. 

    13. Break Space Available at Parnassus Heights – NEW

    Break space is now available at the place formerly known as Palio Cafe at UCSF’s Parnassus Heights campus. Entry to the new break space requires UCSF ID badge access. To ensure safe physical distancing, occupancy is limited to a maximum of 10 individuals indoors and another 10 on the outdoor patio. All available seating arrangements are for one person only.

    Reminders

    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.

     


    March 1, 2021

     


    February 24, 2021

    Dear UCSF Community,

    Today, the State of California expanded vaccine eligibility, a decision that impacts our UCSF community and those we serve. More information about the eligibility expansion, as well as additional COVID-related updates, can be found below.

    Vaccine Updates

    1. Expanded Vaccine Eligibility Guidelines – NEW

    Today, the California Department of Public Health updated its vaccine eligibility guidelines.  Under the new guidelines:

    • All UCSF employees and students, including those working remotely, are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination as employees of a college or university.
    • Those working in childcare and education, first responders, and food and agricultural workers are now eligible.

    You may schedule a vaccination appointment at UCSF through MyChart, or sign up through the state MyTurn or your county website. Please note that vaccine supplies nationwide remain limited, and appointments may not be immediately available due to high demand, even for those who are eligible. Here are links for local county vaccination websites: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Sonoma counties.

    2. PSAs to Promote Vaccine Confidence in the Community – NEW

    UCSF is featuring members of our community in a series of public service announcements (PSAs) to build confidence in the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

    • The PSAs are currently available in English and Spanish, and will be followed by additional videos for speakers of Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Tagalog and Vietnamese. 
    • Please help us promote vaccine confidence by sharing these PSAs with your family, friends and colleagues and through social media.

    3. Join a Vaccine Response Study – NEW

    Researchers are looking for participants for a new BOOST study to help discover what predicts a strong immune response after a COVID vaccine and identify the factors that lead to lasting immunity.

    • Participants in this study funded by the National Institutes of Health can earn up to $300 while helping to advance COVID science. 
    • Learn more and sign up on the UCSF BOOST website. (Note: You will need to enroll before receiving your first vaccination). 

    4. Sign up for the UCSF Vaccine Standby List - REMINDER

    To help UCSF avoid wasting COVID-19 vaccine doses at the end of each day, employees and learners who are waiting for a vaccine or who have had trouble securing a vaccination appointment are encouraged to sign up for the vaccine standby list. More information about the standby list, eligibility and how to sign up is available online.

    Virtual Town Halls

    5. COVID-19 Response Town Hall on the Science Behind COVID Safety – NEW

    Join UCSF leaders on Friday, March 5, at 4 p.m. via Zoom for a discussion about the science behind staying safe during the pandemic, an update on UCSF’s vaccine rollout, and the latest global and local pandemic news. Recordings of all COVID-19 town halls are posted online.

    General COVID-Related Updates

    6. COVID Financial Relief Program – NEW

    The UCSF COVID Relief Program was established with philanthropic funding to provide up to $1,000 in aid to members of the UCSF community who have experienced unexpected financial hardship resulting from the pandemic. During two rounds of COVID relief, UCSF was able to provide more than $4.15 million in support to 4,749 employees and students who are part of the UCSF and Benioff Childrens Hospital Oakland communities.

    7. UCSF Alerts for Potential COVID-Positive Exposures – REMINDER

    In accordance with state law (AB 685), UCSF has begun sending written UCSF Alerts to all employees, students and contractors who may have been exposed to a COVID-positive person on campus within one business day of learning about the potential exposure.

    • These UCSF Alerts are being sent enterprise-wide rather than targeting specific buildings or floors when a case has been confirmed. Please note:
    • Although the number of COVID-positive cases among faculty, staff and students is on a downward trend at UCSF, members of the community may receive more frequent UCSF Alerts about confirmed cases as a result of this new process.
    • For regular updates on COVID-positive cases in the UCSF community, see the UCSF COVID-19 dashboard

    Reminders

    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.

     


    February 10, 2021

    The following message was sent by the Office of Communications:

    Dear UCSF Community,

    As vaccine production and distribution challenges get addressed nationwide, we are continuing to make progress towards vaccinating all employees, students and patients as quickly as possible. Here are the latest vaccine- and COVID-related updates:

    Vaccine Updates

    1. Sign Up for Your Second Dose – NEW

    Employees and learners who have not scheduled their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine should sign into MyChart to schedule an appointment. If you have trouble scheduling an appointment, please call the Vaccine Scheduling Helpline at (415) 476-3307.

    2. Vaccine Progress – NEW

    As of Feb. 9, we have provided 55,900 vaccines to our employees, learners, patients and community health care workers, reaching almost 42,000 people with at least one dose. This includes:

    • More than 18,200 of our health care, service, transportation and other onsite workers, nearly 12,400 of whom have also received their second dose
    • Almost 19,000 patients through our Mission Bay and Parnassus Heights sites, and the City College drive-through site that we are operating in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco.
    • To follow the progress of our vaccine rollout, visit the recently revamped COVID-19 Vaccination dashboard (Pulse Secure VPN required for off-site access)

    3. Framework for UC-Wide Vaccine Rollout – NEW

    The UC Office of the President developed a framework for all UC campuses to provide consistency during the next phase of the rollout.

    • Starting Feb. 1, all UC campuses began vaccinating employees and patients aged 65+, followed by on-site food services, childcare and emergency services workers who had not yet been vaccinated.
    • We are currently vaccinating these groups, as well as all other workers who are required to be on site at least once a week.

    4. Vaccine Standby System for Employees and Students – NEW

    In order to maximize all available vaccine doses at the end of each day, UCSF has created a standby system for employees and learners who are eligible for the vaccine.

    • Currently, these include people in group 1A or have worked onsite regularly at least once a week for the past three months.
    • New standby vaccine appointments will be released in two-week increments, and employees and learners will be allowed to sign up for one appointment every two weeks.

    5. Vaccine Scheduling on MyChart – NEW

    UCSF employees may now self-schedule their vaccination appointment through MyChart when they become eligible for the vaccine. When scheduling an appointment, you will be asked to confirm your eligibility by attesting that you are:

    • Age 65 or older; or
    • An eligible onsite worker; or
    • Performing a service defined as essential by the state.

    Virtual Town Halls

    6. COVID-19 Response Town Hall to Focus on Children and School Reopening – NEW

    Join UCSF leaders on Friday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m. via Zoom for a panel discussion about the impact of COVID-19 on children and school reopenings, an update on UCSF’s vaccine rollout, and the latest global and local pandemic news. Recordings of all Friday COVID-19 town halls are posted online.

    7. Department of Medicine COVID Grand Rounds – NEW

    Join Department of Medicine Chair Robert Wachter for a town hall titled, “The New Vaccines, Attitudes Toward Vaccination, and the Biden Covid-19 Task Force,” on Thursday, Feb. 11, from noon – 1:15 p.m. Speakers include: Monica Gandhi, Marguerita Lightfoot, Eric Goosby, and Robert Rodriguez.

    General COVID-Related Updates

    8. Clinical Research Density Expansion – NEW

    On Feb. 1, the Office of Research increased on-site category 3 clinical research density to 25 percent. More information is available on the Office of Research website.

    9. UCSF COVID-Positive Case Notifications – NEW

    In accordance with state law (AB 685), UCSF will begin sending a written notification to all employees, students and contractors who may have been exposed to a COVID-positive person on campus within one business day of learning about the potential exposure. These notifications will be sent enterprise-wide rather than targeting specific buildings or floors when a case has been confirmed. Please note:

    • Although the number of COVID-positive cases among faculty, staff and students is on a downward trend at UCSF, members of the community may receive more frequent notices about confirmed cases as a result of this new process.
    • For regular updates on COVID-positive cases in the UCSF community, see the UCSF COVID-19 dashboard.

    10. Expanded Access to COVID-19 Testing Via Vending Machines – NEW

    Vending machines supplying Color COVID self-test kits will be available on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at UCSF sites in San Francisco. Any asymptomatic UCSF employee or learner with an active UCSF ID badge will be able to access one test per week to be tested via the Color process. Please note:

    • The vending machines are intended to improve access to test kit pick up locations for those without symptoms.
    • A key feature of the vending machines is that you do not have to go through the testing portal. Please see more information in this FAQ.
    • Employees who have symptoms should still call the Occupational Health COVID hotline at (415) 514-7328.
    • If you require multiple tests, for example after travel, you will still need to pick up multiple test kits via the COVID Asymptomatic Testing Centers. You can find travel guidance here.

    11. Safely Share Your Vaccine Story on Social Media – NEW

    As we continue to use social media to help spread the word about the ongoing vaccinations of faculty, staff and learners, we urge those taking selfies of themselves to not take photos of their vaccination cards, which may contain protected health information. Instead, consider printing out a UCSF Health or UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital sign and write-in why you got vaccinated.

    • Use the hashtags #IGotTheShot #UCSFProud
    • On Twitter make sure to tag @UCSF @UCSFHospitals @UCSFChildrens or @UCSFBenioffOAK
    • On Instagram make sure to tag @ucsfhealth @ucsf @ucsfchildrens

    12. International Travel Policy – NEW

    UCSF has updated its return-to-work policy for those resuming on-site activities after international travel. The updated policy includes guidance for post-travel quarantine, symptom monitoring and testing, and also includes circumstances that may warrant exceptions. More information is available on the travel guidance page.

    13. Break Room Policy – NEW

    In accordance with San Francisco Department of Public Health policy, UCSF will limit breakroom capacity to 25 percent. Employees are encouraged to enjoy their breaks outdoors to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    Reminders

    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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    January 27, 2021

    The following message was sent by the Office of Communications:

    Dear UCSF Community,

    As our vaccine rollout moves forward, we appreciate the UCSF community’s patience as we work towards vaccinating all employees, students and patients as quickly as limited vaccine supplies allow. Here are the latest vaccine- and COVID-related updates:

    Vaccine Updates

    1. Vaccine Progress – NEW

    We’ve offered vaccination appointments to 92 percent of the more than 23,000 employees and learners whose on-site responsibilities involve high-risk exposure to COVID-19.

    • More than 17,600 of these have received their first dose, and nearly 16,500 have scheduled their second.
    • Vaccinations have begun for UCSF patients age 75+ and health care workers who live or work in San Francisco and are unaffiliated with a major medical center.
    • To follow the progress of our vaccine rollout, visit the new COVID-19 Vaccination Summary dashboard (Pulse Secure VPN required for off-site access).

    2. CDC Guidance on Vaccine Timing – NEW

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance on second dose timing.

    • Everyone should try to receive their second vaccine dose as close as possible to day 21 (Pfizer) or day 28 (Moderna) after their first dose.
    • However, both vaccines can be administered up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose without restarting the vaccination series. More vaccine resources are available on the UCSF Vaccine Hub.

    3. Mass Vaccination Partnership with SF – NEW

    UCSF partnered with the City of San Francisco to launch the city’s first high-volume, drive-through vaccination site on Jan. 22 at City College. At this time, only those age 75+ who are UCSF patients or San Francisco residents are eligible to schedule a vaccination at this site.

    4. UCSF Vaccine Site Expansion – NEW

    This week, the UCSF Mission Bay campus vaccination site was moved to the Rutter Center. The new location will allow UCSF to increase the number of vaccine doses administered from about 600 to 1,100 per day. We are vaccinating both employees and patients at this site.

    5. Share Your Vaccine Story on Social Media NEW

    To encourage vaccinations in the our community, UCSF is launching a social media campaign to help spread the word. Already got your COVID-19 vaccine? Print out a UCSF Health or UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital sign and write-in why you got vaccinated. Take a photo and share it on social.

    • Use the hashtags #IGotTheShot #UCSFProud
    • On Twitter make sure to tag @UCSF @UCSFHospitals @UCSFChildrens or @UCSFBenioffOAK
    • On Instagram make sure to tag @ucsfhealth @ucsf @ucsfchildrens 

    6. Discontinuing HR Umbrella for Vaccine Phasing  – NEW

    UCSF will no longer use HR Umbrella to inform employees about the phase of the vaccine rollout they’ve been assigned to for appointments. HR Umbrella will still be used for other purposes, but all vaccine phasing and scheduling will be managed through the online patient portal MyChart.

    7. Simplified Vaccine Scheduling on MyChart NEW

    When employees and students become eligible to receive the vaccine during upcoming phases of the rollout, they will be notified through MyChart.

    • Those who don’t have a MyChart account should sign up now to receive alerts related to vaccine eligibility and scheduling.
    • New and existing MyChart users should make sure their MyChart notification settings allow email and text alerts.

    Virtual Town Halls

    8. Grand Rounds on Vaccines and COVID Variants in the U.S. and U.K. NEW

    Join Department of Medicine Chair Bob Wachter on Thursday, Jan. 28, at noon via Zoom for a discussion about vaccine distribution in San Francisco, the current state of the pandemic, and U.S. and U.K. perspectives on new coronavirus variants. Recordings of previous Grand Rounds are available on the Department of Medicine website.

    9. Anti-Racism Town Hall to Focus on Faculty NEW

    Join UCSF leaders and colleagues on Friday, Jan. 29, at noon via Zoom for for the third in a series of quarterly town halls focused on UCSF’s Anti-racism Initiative. This forum will address racism’s impact on faculty. Topics of discussion include the current climate, opportunities, gaps, and initiatives. Recordings of previous anti-racism town halls are available on the Office of Diversity and Outreach website.

    10. COVID-19 Response Town Hall to Focus on COVID-Related Racial Disparities – NEW

    Join UCSF leaders on Friday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. via Zoom for a panel discussion about the impact of COVID-19 on people of color, an update on UCSF’s vaccine rollout, and the latest global and local pandemic news. Recordings of all COVID-19 town halls are posted online.

    General COVID-Related Updates

    11. Research Density Expansion – NEW

    On Jan. 25, the Office of Research increased on-site laboratory research density to 50 percent. Please note that clinical research density will remain at 12.5 percent until further notice. More information about this decision is available on the Office of Research website.

    12. COVID-19 Protection Plan – NEW

    UCSF Environmental Health and Safety has released its COVID-19 Prevention Plan, required by Cal/OSHA and describes the many measures that UCSF has enacted to help safeguard the health and safety of those who are working, learning or receiving care on-site during the pandemic.

    13. Visitor and Vendor Policy Updates – NEW

    UCSF has updated its policy for approving essential visits to campus during the pandemic. In addition, all visitors and vendors traveling from from outside the Bay Area are required to:

    1. Comply with San Francisco’s mandatory 10-day quarantine; or
    2. Receive a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours or less before entering UCSF facilities.

    More information for visitors and vendors can be found on the UCSF COVID-19 website.

    14. State and City Lift Stay-at-Home Orders – NEW

    On Jan. 25, Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted the statewide stay-at-home order after projected ICU availability increased to over 15 percent in all regions of the state. In response, Mayor London Breed announced that some activities will resume in San Francisco starting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28., but the mandatory 10-day quarantine for anyone traveling to San Francisco from outside the nine-county Bay Area will remain in effect. Please note that local jurisdictions can impose stricter measures than those required by the state, so members of the UCSF community should monitor the public health measures in effect where they live.

    Reminders

    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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    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.

    7. CA COVID Notify – REMINDER

    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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