UC COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

UC COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Requirements

As of July 15, the University of California released a final COVID-19 vaccine policy. What this means for students, faculty and staff (including visiting scholars, postdocs and visiting students:

  • The effective date for policy compliance will be Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, two weeks before the UC Berkeley fall term begins.
  • Those with approved exemptions or accommodations may return to campus with the requirement that they remain masked in all public settings and comply with the campus testing plan, which at a minimum will be weekly. 

  • Those that are in the process of getting their vaccination or not yet fully vaccinated may return to campus with the requirement that they remain masked in all public settings and comply with the campus testing plan, which at a minimum will be weekly until they are considered fully vaccinated (14 days after final vaccine dose). Some building access may be restricted.
  • If you received the vaccine at an off-campus vaccination site, you will need to upload a record of your vaccination to the secure eTang portal as soon as you have received your last dose and have a complete vaccination card. If you were vaccinated on campus, no further action is required.

More information can be found in the FAQs for students (PDF) and employees (PDF)

Exemption Forms and Process

The policy allows for exceptions to COVID-19 vaccination based on a Medical Exemption, Disability Accommodation, or Religious Objection; pregnant individuals may also request a deferral if they wish for the duration of the pregnancy. Those that receive a vaccine mandate exception (for medical or religious reasons) will need to wear a face-covering inside campus buildings and will need to be tested at least once per week.

The forms and processes below are for students, faculty, and staff. 

Medical Exemption/Disability/Deferral Request Forms 

Religious Belief Objection

  • To request a Religious Belief Objection, use this UC Berkeley Religious Belief Objection Form.
  • Requests will be reviewed and it may take a few days for your compliance status to be updated. You will be contacted if additional information is needed.

Remote Study Students - COVID-19 Exception Request Form

For students who are studying remotely for Fall 2021 and will not be coming to campus for any reason, at any time through December 31, 2021, you can complete an attestation form in eTang, under Downloadable Forms.  You may also be asked to provide documentation from your academic department confirming that you are studying remotely and will not be on campus.   

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

Are medical or religious exemptions allowed?

The policy will allow for narrow medical exemptions consistent with CDC guidance and manufacturer labeling on contraindications and precautions.  As with other policies and, in accordance with relevant federal and California law, faculty, staff, and students will also be eligible to request exceptions based on a sincerely-held religious belief. 

Those with approved exemptions or accommodations may return to campus and access classes and services with the requirement that they remain masked in all public settings and comply with weekly COVID testing.

What if I got vaccinated outside of University Health Services?

If you received the vaccine at an off-campus vaccination site, you will need to upload a record of your vaccination to the secure eTang portal as soon as you have received your last dose and have a complete vaccination card.

Vaccine record guidelines and information on obtaining your COVID-19 vaccine record can be found on the CDPH website.  

  • For all vaccinations administered in California via State distributed vaccine and for vaccines administered as part of the federal pharmacies, dialysis center, and federally qualified health center programs, vaccine administration data is entered into California's Immunization Information System (also known as CA Immunization Registry2 or CAIR2).  A copy of this record may be requested via phone, email, or an online form.

Do vaccines from other countries meet the COVID vaccine requirements?

Yes, UC Berkeley will accept COVID vaccines from other countries that are approved by the World Health Organization. Currently, the approved vaccines by the WHO are:

Once you get your vaccines, please also upload your records to eTang under medical clearances, you can select the type of vaccine from the drop-down menu.

What if I cannot get a COVID vaccine in my county before I arrive?

For students who are not able to get vaccinated or maybe only received partial vaccination in their county before coming to campus, there will be COVID vaccine clinics on campus for students when they arrive. Details about how to book vaccine appointments will be updated on our vaccine webpage closer to August.

What if I can only get one dose in my country, should I still get that or wait?

It is strongly recommended that you get any COVID vaccine that is available to you in your country for your protection. If you need to get another dose and it is one we offer on campus we can give you that when you arrive at our vaccine clinics on campus. If you received a different type of vaccine that we offer, we can give you a new vaccine type as long as it is 28 days from the last vaccine you received of a different type.

If I am not vaccinated yet before I arrive on campus, do I need to get a COVID test before arrival? And upon arrival?

Here are the guidelines for students arriving back on campus, including guidelines for international students.

If I am not vaccinated yet, do I need to self-sequester (quarantine) and for how long?

We have developed some guidelines for students arriving back on campus, including guidelines for international students. These guidelines recommend that those arriving from another country should self-sequester for 7 days after arriving.

Is there a cost for getting a COVID vaccine on campus?

There is no cost to get a COVID vaccine at a campus vaccine clinic. Our vaccine clinics are open to all students, faculty, and staff.