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Vaccine Mandate Overview

The University of California finalized and approved a COVID-19 vaccination policy on July 15, 2021. For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the policy requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

Individuals are required to show proof of vaccination. If you haven’t already done so, please submit your vaccination documentation as soon as possible. All students, staff and faculty must be vaccinated for COVID-19, or have an approved exemption or deferral, per University of California mandate.

The policy allows for medical exceptions consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and manufacturer labeling on contraindications and precautions. Faculty, staff and students are also eligible to request accommodations based on disability or religious belief, and deferrals are available for those who are pregnant. Requests for exception or deferral should be submitted as soon as possible. 

Those with an approved or pending exception, accommodation or deferral may return to their location with the requirement that they will follow campus guidelines for reducing the transmission of COVID-19, including measures such as masking, testing and daily symptom and exposure screening.

Students and employees who choose not to be vaccinated and have no approved exception, accommodation or deferral potentially put the health of others at risk and may face disciplinary actions.

Graduate and undergraduate student employees are required to follow the STUDENT processes for vaccination documentation and exceptions and deferrals.

UC has provided additional information in the following frequently asked questions. Please note: The exception forms within the UC FAQs will not be accepted. Please follow instructions on the Exceptions and Deferrals page to submit an exception or deferral request.