To summarize, the university expects UCOP to finalize and pass a policy requiring all students, faculty, and staff to receive a COVID vaccine, with exceptions for religious or medical conditions reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The effective date for policy compliance will be August 4, 2021, two weeks before the UC Berkeley fall term begins.
Students, staff, faculty and academic appointees should make every effort to be fully vaccinated before arriving on campus. If you were vaccinated at a non-UC Berkeley vaccination site, please upload your vaccination information through the secure eTang portal as soon as you are able.
We recognize that, if you are outside the United States, you may not have access to vaccines. The policy will make allowances for this situation and allow students to attend classes while in the process of getting vaccinated, after an appropriate quarantine period. UHS plans to provide vaccines through University Health Services if students were unable to obtain a vaccine prior to their arrival at Berkeley. The university expects to continue regular (likely weekly) surveillance testing of unvaccinated individuals, supplemented by wastewater testing; vaccinated individuals may be asked to participate in surveillance testing on a random or targeted basis if epidemiology warrants. While this is what we expect to happen in the fall, know that we will be following state and county guidelines, which could change at any time.
We expect the state will lift density restrictions in June, and our current plan is to continue to require mask wearing indoors, including in classrooms, buildings, and workspaces, excepting in private offices.