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UC San Diego has begun implementing the UC vaccine mandate, which requires all students, faculty and staff be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus two weeks before the start of the fall term—by Sept. 6, 2021. The policy allows for exceptions and deferral for eligible individuals. Learn more about submitting documentation to comply with the mandate.

Return to Campus

Employees and students have begun incrementally returning to campus, with the intent to resume full campus operations by the start of the Fall Quarter. Return to campus plans are informed by extensive modeling by data experts, who combine multiple layers of protection to promote campus safety. Vaccination remains one of the most important ways to keep our community healthy, and all who can be vaccinated should do so as soon as possible. The university is also exploring strategies to promote greater work-life balance, with equity at the forefront.

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UC San Diego Vaccination

All students and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (or submit an exemption) two weeks before arriving on campus for work or classes, per University of California policy. All students and employees, including Health, are eligible to receive a free vaccine through UC San Diego’s vaccination clinic at Price Center, offered by appointment. Vaccination helps protect you and those around you from becoming seriously ill. Help us keep our campus community safe.

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Campus Safety

Public health is a collective effort. The entire campus community is expected to follow campus safety requirements to help prevent infection. Federal, state and county COVID-19 guidelines have changed recently and we anticipate communicating additional updates before the end of July. In the meantime, please see UC San Diego's existing safety guidelines, including wearing face coverings indoors and completing the daily symptom and exposure screening.

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COVID-19 Testing Options

Students and campus employees who have been fully vaccinated (two weeks after final dose of vaccine) are no longer required to take part in weekly asymptomatic testing. Those who are not fully vaccinated, as well as those who develop symptoms, will continue to have access to COVID-19 testing through self-administered kits retrieved from campus vending machines (no appointment needed); provider-observed self-administered testing at Price Center (appointment needed); or provider-administered testing via drive thru (appointment needed).

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Town Halls

In an effort to provide regular updates and answer your questions, UC San Diego hosts monthly town halls about the Return to Learn program and campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are not able to catch the live event, all of the webinars are archived on our Town Hall page.

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Questions and Answers

We have conferred with our campus experts to bring you the latest information in response to your most urgent questions.

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Taking on the COVID-19 Pandemic Together

Thanks to community support, UC San Diego’s COVID-19 response has been a success. And as we continue to increase vaccination rates in San Diego County — and make strides toward herd immunity — you can help us ensure equitable vaccine distribution for our neighbors across the region.

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