Review proposed COVID-19 vaccine mandate
The University of California has shared details of a proposed policy (PDF) on COVID-19 vaccination as it joins the California State University in supporting immunizations as part of an expected return of students, faculty, academic appointees and staff to in-person instruction across the state this fall.
Given the importance of vaccination, UC is engaging its community in a discussion of the details of the proposed policy now so that students, faculty, academic appointees and staff will have ample time to obtain the vaccine ahead of the fall term.
Under the proposed policy, the university would require students, faculty, academic appointees and staff who are accessing campus facilities at any UC location beginning this fall to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. UC already strongly encourages students, faculty, academic appointees and staff to voluntarily obtain a vaccination as soon as they are eligible and able to schedule an appointment. The requirement would go into effect once a vaccine has full approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
More information can be found in the FAQs for students (PDF) and employees (PDF). Additional questions can be directed to UCOP.
Any campus community member who received the vaccine outside of University Health Services is encouraged to upload a record of their vaccination to eTang (PDF).
Update on return to on-site work
Beginning on June 16, 2021, consistent with current guidance from the state of California, we anticipate permitting employees who previously were working remotely to return to on-site work on a voluntary basis, subject to their supervisor and business unit’s approval.
Beginning on July 12, 2021, most employees will be expected to return to regular on-site work unless they have entered into a flexible work agreement or have obtained an approved accommodation for a disability that limits their ability to work on-site.
More information is available in the campus message sent to employees.
Update on ventilation expectations for fall
As more and more people get the vaccine, being vaccinated will increasingly serve as the primary means of preventing infection by the coronavirus causing COVID-19. While some restrictions such as face coverings will likely persist in order to protect people who cannot be vaccinated, most public health restrictions will need to be lifted in order for California to fully reopen its economy on June 15.
At UC Berkeley, the planned return to full in-person operations for the fall semester assumes that a high percentage of our campus population is vaccinated and that there are low case rates. If this is the situation, we will return to pre-pandemic use of all buildings, classrooms and other spaces regardless of ventilation status. Please note that Facilities Services has increased indoor ventilation to maximize outside air. This will continue as long as conditions allow and, where possible and appropriate, opening windows and doors to increase ventilation will still be encouraged.
If some restrictions are maintained, it’s possible that ventilation will be a criterion for use of space. In this case, the results of ongoing classroom ventilation assessments will be used to inform classroom scheduling. No other spaces on campus will be assessed. Given the number of spaces on campus and the cost and complexity of ventilation assessments, it’s not possible to provide specific information about most spaces.
Guidelines for events and activities updated
The events page on the campus coronavirus site has been updated with new guidance for planning events past June 15 and a clarification of the guidelines that remain in effect until then.
Video: Post-vaccine life, explained (Part 2)
Watch the following one-minute video to learn what to expect as more people get vaccinated.