Mask mandate guidance for instructors
The instructor guidance page has been updated as an additional resource for instructors (including graduate student instructors) related to the lifting of the campus’ masking mandate and will be updated as the situation evolves.
For more information on mask requirements and guidance:
Enrollment holds to be added for overdue boosters
Students who are booster eligible and overdue (30 days have passed since becoming booster eligible) will get an enrollment hold beginning Tuesday, March 1, 2022, that will apply to Spring 2022 terms and beyond. Students who are in this category received a notice on Feb. 16 letting them know to take action. As a reminder, if you are booster eligible (five months after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna shot or two months after Johnson & Johnson) and you tested positive within the last 90 days, you should upload a copy of your positive test results to eTang and send a message to the COVID-19 Response Team to get an automatic 90-day deferral from the booster requirement.
If you receive this enrollment hold, you will need to take action to become in compliance and confirm your status in eTang. If you believe that you have complied or are in the process of complying with the booster requirement, please log into eTang and check for any errors (such as a missing vaccination record or incorrect entry of vaccination dates). Note that the eTang system updates overnight to reflect compliance and remove the enrollment hold.
When it comes to badges, blue is the new green
In last week’s Response & Recovery newsletter, it was announced that the campus is making changes to the surveillance testing requirements. For faculty, staff and students who are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines, surveillance testing will no longer be required.
This change is underway and is being rolled out in batches with the change reflected on the eTang testing badge by Friday, March 4. Once updated, the testing badge will turn to “blue” indicating surveillance testing is no longer required. Effective immediately, a blue testing badge is the same as a green badge and should be accepted at locations that have been authorized to check badges. The campus access badge will look the same but incorporate the new requirements.
Indoor events vaccine requirement updated
The City of Berkeley Public Health Officer has issued an update to the order requiring proof of vaccination for patrons and employees of certain businesses. The change increases the threshold for indoor events that require vaccination proof from 500 or more attendees to 1,000 or more attendees.
As a reminder, all events or establishments serving food indoors (regardless of the number of attendees) and gyms still require proof of vaccination. Review the events page for complete information.
Additional Emergency Paid Sick Leave available
Effective Feb. 19, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2022, UC Berkeley is providing up to 80 hours of 2022 Emergency Paid Sick Leave for full-time employees and the two-week equivalent for part-time employees. For more information, see the campus message on Emergency Paid Sick Leave.
Reminder: Update your booster status in eTang
As reflected on the campus immunization dashboard (snapshot above), the percentages of faculty, staff and students who are up to date with their vaccinations are much lower than for the initial vaccine series. If you are eligible for the booster, please be sure to get boosted and update eTang accordingly.
Please note that due to the limitations of the eTang system, many attempts to update information were incomplete. In addition to uploading a photo of your vaccine record, you must add the date of each immunization at the bottom of the page under “COVID-19 vaccine history.” Please follow the step-by-step instructions carefully to ensure you’re updating your record correctly.