Campus vaccination program update
Updated April 9, 2021
UHS continues to advocate for a central role in vaccinating students, in particular those who may face challenges in accessing vaccine elsewhere. We continue to have some limited vaccine clinics and are hopeful that we may start receiving a regular vaccine allotment from the City of Berkeley within the next few weeks, at which time we will be able to start offering wider access to students who have not previously been invited. We will be working closely with our Student COVID-19 Advisory Group to help plan the next stages, focusing on communities at risk.
With the expanded vaccine eligibility to 16 years and older for Californians starting April 15, there will be more opportunity for vaccines across the state. The CDPH “My Turn” website continues to load new appointments each day and locally in the City of Berkeley, UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff interested in notifications about available appointments at the City of Berkeley’s mass vaccination site off Buchanan Street site near Albany Bulb should sign up on their vaccine notification list, https://bit.ly/berkvaccine. Appointments are typically posted on a weekly basis.
Faculty, staff, and students who were vaccinated outside of University Health Services can now -- and are strongly encouraged -- to upload their vaccine records in eTang. Here are instructions for how to upload vaccine records.
For those that are fully vaccinated campus surveillance testing requirements have changed. Fully vaccinated faculty, staff, and (most)* students: weekly testing will not be required for 180 days from the date your testing badge is changed (14 days after a final UHS vaccine or 14 days after your date recorded in eTang of your final vaccine).
*Vaccinated students living in on-campus housing and those participating in the Athletics program will still be required to get surveillance testing, but the frequency will change from 2X/week to 1X/week.
Please note that vaccinated people SHOULD still isolate/quarantine and come in for diagnostic testing (at UHS, as scheduled in eTang) if they become symptomatic, or are close contact to a case and live in congregate housing.
Vaccine appointment update
- Vaccine appointment reminders are sent out the morning of the date of the appointment.
- 2nd dose appointments: At this time we are able to commit to giving 2nd dose vaccines (both Pfizer and Moderna) to anyone we gave a 1st dose, both retroactively and moving forward.
- For those that got 1st doses outside of UHS, we ask that you try and get your 2nd dose at the same place or through other vaccine clinics as we most likely won’t have enough unused doses of the vaccine to accommodate these requests. You can complete this 2nd dose request form and we will add you to our standby vaccine call list.
- Your appointment will be canceled and you will not be given a vaccine at the time of your appointment if you schedule yourself as a first dose recipient and you are actually in need of a second dose.
- Please note: students who get a COVID-19 vaccine through UHS will not be charged for the vaccine or any administrative fees related to the vaccination. It is customary for health care providers to bill insurance for administering the vaccine, which is allowed by CDC guidelines and is why the MyTurn website, pharmacies and others ask for insurance information. When the vaccine rollout began, UHS had been charging to recover costs through insurance plans but has discontinued this practice due to unintended difficulties involving student accounts. If you received a charge on your CalCentral student account it should have been reversed. If not, please contact the SHIP office.