Please see Interim Policy: SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Program, last reviewed Jan. 15, 2021, for a complete list of Frequently Asked Questions.

How will UC prioritize those receiving vaccine?

Distribution of the vaccine for patients, employees, trainees, students and other members of the UC community will be staged at a state and local level consistent with federal and state guidelines. 

How do I apply for a medical exemption or for a religious or disability accommodation?

There is no need to apply for an exemption or accommodation. Those who are subject to this policy may either consent to the vaccination or opt out, by completing a declination form. 

Who will pay for the vaccine?

Initial supplies have been paid for by the federal government. Vaccines administered by the University as part of the program (e.g., during vaccine clinics or at employee health or occupational health offices) are administered free of charge. In addition, all of the University’s health plans cover CDC-recommended vaccines administered by an employee’s primary care physician or a local pharmacy. 

How will I know if my co-workers are going unvaccinated?

The University will not disclose vaccine status of individual employees to their coworkers; however, some locations may distribute badge attachments, stickers, pins, or other indicators that vaccinated individuals may use to show that they have received the vaccine. 

Will locations provide paid time off for the time needed to get vaccinated?

Yes.

What if I experience flu-like symptoms as a result of the vaccine and cannot work as scheduled?

Please contact your supervisor or local human resources office for instruction. 

If I decline the vaccine, will I be required to follow specific safety measures?

Currently all employees must comply with state and local health orders and with location-specific policies regarding non-pharmaceutical interventions including wearing personal protective equipment or face coverings, physical distancing, frequent hand washing, and regular cleaning and disinfection. Additional safety measures may be deemed necessary by local public health, environmental health and safety, occupational health, or infection prevention authorities. In that case, an employee who has declined the vaccine will be informed of any additional requirements. 

How long will this interim policy remain in force?

The policy will remain effective until it is withdrawn or replaced by a permanent policy. 

Does this policy apply to contractors? Volunteers?

Employees of contractors, independent contractors, and volunteers who work side-by-side with University personnel or trainees, or who have direct contact with patients, will be expected to participate in the program. 

How will UC enforce participation in the program?

UC will encourage participation in the program, through education and asking people to either receive the vaccine or decline it. Those who choose not to participate at all may be placed on unpaid leave or may be subject to discipline consistent with applicable policies, including the Academic Personnel Manual and Personnel Policies for Staff Members, and applicable collective bargaining agreements.